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Ruines de Tourvieille

Tribute to the builders of the broken, stone house in the Camargue National Park in the south of France.

Photo credit: Finoskov — Licensed under a Creative Commons License

Where are those hands
That broke the black earth
And raised you up?
That cut your stones and
Fit them one upon the other?
Where are they now?
Was the black earth broken for them?
Has that same earth
Brought them back into itself?
And who wept for them and
Kissed them in their cold, last moments?
Or did they go still in silence
Among unfamiliar faces —
With you, a crumbling house,
Their only vestige.



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Scott Edgar

Scott Edgar

father, desert explorer, poet, attorney Host of The Poet (delayed) podcast