We are Made from Earth and Rain Stumble upon our timeless gaze, so long as there’s eyes to see and minds to conjure. Stoic are we in history’s haze with obsidian-cut ashen shoulders faced away from the sea. A watchful eye cast to our kin, unflinching, unmoving, as the wind howled through grit. The diligence of many hands walked on through the hills and through the slopes, down the tuff quarry to the coast. “We walked.” They would not believe, as they had not seen with their modern minds. “We watched.” Inward, unknowing the dangers on the shore concealed by a pride that blinds. Then they came, like greedy crows in their murder for our kin while our world rolled on by. Our faith was lost to the clambering of foreign hands, our stony gaze a mocking memorial. One by one by one we fell, faced down in anguish and blind misery, our stone hearts cried out to the knolls. The banging and clanging from the crater had stopped, while our once-fair features withered. No more songs were sung, no more prayers were said, left rotted and forgotten in our failure. The ones who came before as if in their shame or final triumph, laid upon our ruined vigil. They brought with them their own songs that would drown out the voice of our people. Toward a new dawn we regained place, but no longer by the hands of our crestfallen kin. Now we perched upon lost grace, a silent remorseful stare for those who would, Stumble upon our timeless gaze, so long as there’s eyes to see and minds to conjure. ...and linger no longer, lest stone tears start to wander.
Giuseppe Gillespie – February 2022