Hawai'i Preparatory Academy

    65-1692 Kohala Mountain Road

    Kamuela, Hawaii, 96743

    Copyright 2018

    Mouldering Walls

    May 12, 2018

    Forgotten and alone

    Lost behind ancient root-gripped hills

    An abandoned home

    Cataracts of flora pull away.


    Windows once shining life, now shattered, polluted

    Walls blackened by mold, timber oozing wet pulp

    Floorboards pummeled crooked like rotten teeth

    What unwrought gold or molded books hide there?


    The rusty roof lets cruelly filtered light

    Seep through its crumpled form and burst in

    Torrential rays, beaming spotlights of dust

    Even noon’s light cannot quench the decay


    Cavitied iron nails hook out of gouged

    Wood sinister, clawed, praying for false steps

    The boards also wait, moan, and give way and

    Deal festering wounds like those the house feels


    The air is deep with moisture

    Conjuring arid thoughts

    As darkness falls over the

    Forever forgotten house.

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