The Broken Fields

Behind Cortez rhythms
And the subjugation
Of centuries
A new Eldorado
Of bastard children
Left in the ruins
Pilgrimages
Of empty sin
Cathedrals
Built on temples
Of peace
Fortunes for nothing
Pestilence
And disease
With a west wind
Blowing
Over broken fields
Of long dead
Dreams

John 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 five books of poetry: “March” (2019), “The Seasons of Us” (2019), New Days (2020), Fragments (2021), and A Long Walk (2023). His work has appeared widely in numerous literary journals, magazines, and anthologies internationally. John is also a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee and lives in Caledon Ontario, Canada with his wife and two children. Read other articles by John.