The Lost City

A lost ancient city
In the scrub plains
Of a desert land
The remnants of an empire
Under the forgotten
Persian sun
The opening of skies
Onto fractured stones
Pebbles on a pond
As we ripple out
From humble beginnings
Nomadic tribes
And lost treasures
Hidden under sand
Dusted over
And blown away
As we waltz
The length of forever
Oblivious to history
And the victors
Ride their horses
Into an empty square

John Drudge is a social worker working in the field of disability management and holds degrees in social work, rehabilitation services, and psychology. He is the author of two books of poetry: “March” and “The Seasons of Us” (both published in 2019). His work has appeared in the Arlington Literary Journal, The Rye Whiskey Review, Poetica Review, Drinkers Only, Literary Yard, The Alien Buddha Press, Montreal Writes, Mad Swirl, La Picoletta Barca Literary Journal Cambridge University, The Avocet, Sparks of Caliope, Harbinger Asylum, Black Coffee Review, Setu Magazine, The Ekphrastic Review, and the Adelaide Literary Magazine. John is a Pushcart Prize nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.