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The Ruins

The town 
Had changed

The barns and sheds 
Were gone

Replaced with 
New wilted-looking 

Monuments 
To the old days.

They kept driving
On and on and on

Until the sun
Had reduced 

Their homes
To dust

 


Greg Santos Author's PhotoGreg Santos is the author of Blackbirds (2018), Rabbit Punch! (2014), and The Emperor’s Sofa (2010). His work has appeared in The WalrusFeathertale ReviewGeistWatch Your HeadWorld Literature Today, and Montréal Serai. He regularly works with at-risk communities and teaches at the Thomas More Institute. He is the Editor in Chief of carte blanche magazine and lives in Montreal with his family. His new poetry book, Ghost Face, was published Fall 2020.

 


 

This poem was originally published in Vallum issue 17:2. To view other content published in this issue, look here.

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