|"Warning: Dangerous building." Calcutta. 2021.|
Tread lightly on these paths lest your footsteps
damage the paving stones beyond repair –
even stone and concrete crumble from the edge.
So tread lightly as you go up those stairs.
The building’s fragile, in great disrepair
do take care when you lean in on the sides,
the courtyard’s lovely, but then nothing’s there
to protect you from the winds and the tides.
It’s easy to ignore, overlook the sides
bricks and mortar don’t usually creak
steel rusts quiet by itself along fault lines
and damp seeps slowly for years before walls leak.
Everything crumbles. Though none of it creaks.
Architectures of love often do not speak.
There's a fixed form - the exact nomenclature escapes me at the mo...and I'm feeling too lazy to google it right now, but the structure has second and fourth lines of one stanza repeated as the first and third lines of the next. So this repetition idea is kind of truncated and borrowed for the abovewritten (if abovementioned can be a word then so can abovewritten, get thee behind me, you disapproving squiggly red lines!)
Hope your January has gone well and that there are no squiggly red lines anywhere in your horizons, past or future. Stay fit and happy.