we thought we were among the first

convicts on the high cables
electrified and flying
red fire and ash
glowing faces of the libertines

the greedy-eyed crowd surged through the cobbled streets
explosions painted the sky
yellow and grey
you couldn’t tell night from day

tattered flags waving from mechanical monstrosities
wheels grinding the earth
guns going off like firecrackers
blood dribbling down the broken pavement and into the drains

they locked the main gate
and we destroyed ourselves inside
a flaming beacon for the far-off hills
crying for only dead mountains to hear

nobody wanted to know
what we had become
and it matters little
all that is left of us is a great dark smear

a mark upon the ground
a shell of a city
not even enough stone left
to call a ruin.

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4 Responses to we thought we were among the first

  1. diannegray says:

    Wow – this is very powerful, Tarina! Well done.

  2. wlouison says:

    Great poem!
    You know I love your blog and your poetry, but I thought you might enjoy this Shine On award that I’ve just nominated you for: http://williamlouisonpoetry.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/the-shine-on-award-yay/
    You deserve it.
    And on another note, you’ve been such a loyal reader of both my blogs now, for quite some time (with Means Something at least) and I really can’t express my thanks and gratitude enough to you! 🙂

    • Tarina says:

      Wow thank you so much! 😀 And yes of course, you write such interesting and inspiring stuff, how could I not be a loyal reader? Lol it is a pleasure and I am honoured 😀

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