Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Shirley Smothers writes

Altars to the Gods?

I once saw an altar built
to honor a God.
Which God I do not know.

The day was overcast
and threatened rain.
The years and the
elements had wreaked
havoc on this altar.

A mouse scurried across
this crumbling stone.
A bird of prey swooped
down and carried away
this small creature.
A sacrifice for a God?

A couple of filthy
haggard dogs
came around
begging for a handout.

In years to come
will our altars
to our Gods
fare the same?

Ara Antica
Ancient Altar On Which Sacrifices Were Performed In Antiquity. Surrounded By Other Ruins -- Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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