Echoes of an Earlier Landscape

Early light has been diffused to an apricot glow,
dappled with fragments of cool, grey shadow,
echoes of the wet earth of an earlier landscape.
Soggy fields and marshes suffered centuries of drought;
now precious juttings of sea-worn granite lure us out
to where water once teemed with life.
Now all that’s left are sweeping views of rotting boats
and we breathe putrid air masked by the scent of salt.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Echoes of an Earlier Landscape

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My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge #174, also shared on the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Tuesday Platform (continuing the theme ‘Imagining a Changing Earth)

 

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29 thoughts on “Echoes of an Earlier Landscape

  1. to where water once teemed with life.
    Now all that’s left are sweeping views of rotting boats
    and we breathe putrid air masked by the scent of salt.

    Change brought not so beautiful remnants. Progress could be hurting. Great ending Kim!

    Hank

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    1. I just Googled it! Prophetic? The ironic thing is that we’re currently (6.38 am) sitting on the tail end of a rather loud thunderstorm and it’s pouring with rain. No sports day for the little ones today – it’s a god job I’ll be there to listen to them read.

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      1. What fun. Listening to the little ones read! It is an odd world re-imagined in Bladerunner. In the city of LA it constantly rains – all the time. Outside the city there are regions of desert, deserted by everyone except a few survivors, fighting for their lives. As it was said in the movie “The Book of Eli”…people kill each other for things we used to throw away…..it seems we have come to that point.

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    1. The problem is that humans are far too comfortable in their own little bubbles to worry about the environment. We have bred a species of consumers who find the real world difficult and uncomfortable without gadgets and constant entertainment. They’re frightened of being bored, which is when the real entertainment begins. It’s easier for them to watch nature on TV.

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