I walk among preserves,
A world-weary wanderer
weary of his travels,
but restless in his soul.
These stone and ivy ruins,
these empty, rain-slicked city streets,
these brown, bare, and dying forests,
these deserts, almost empty of their sands
as if the old gods turned a
all turn to ash beneath a
I see them, these presences.
They hail me in greeting, waving as I pass,
weep in their newly refreshed grief,
and chase and curse me
in their superstitions.
Their children run up to me,
and sing to me,
tugging at my clothes and hair,
encircling me in their games
that light up their young, ancient faces,
their silent laughter fully formed in echoes of time.
They all linger just outside the senses
like lights flickering on the sea,
of what was,
and what will be again.
“Wait for us,” they say. “We will return.”
I long to sit, and eat, and rest,
but over it all,
the emptiness and solitude
goad me ever onward,
my own essence
lingering still among them.
I hope it brings them comfort.