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The Ones Who Came Before

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John Yaws
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0 posted 10-09-1999 06:21 PM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

The Ones Who Came Before

Monolithic basalt spires-
Weary sentinels-
O'er a kingdom long since dust
Where no human dwells.
Cities high above the ground
Built into the wall
But their builders no one knows
Nor what brought on their fall.
Was it sudden change of clime
To cause their crops to fail?
Or other nat'ral happenstance
That broke the food chain frail?
Perhaps some raiders from the North
A New World Mongol horde
Slew the people in the field
While plundering the stores.
What e'er the cause they disappeared
But if you'd like a fright-
Then roll your blankets for a crisp
Mesa Verde night.
And as the Arizona moon
Illuminates the skies
The "Old Ones" ghosts come out to play
Before your widened eyes.
They work, they play, they live again
Beneath the midnight sky
As as they did in ages past
They run, they scream, they die.
So roll your blankets, pack a meal
You've quite a lot in store
If you dare to go and see-
"The Ones Who Came Before".

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~GS~
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Pepper
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exceptional piece Gunslinger....loved the read

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
Mike
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2 posted 10-09-1999 06:37 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Another excellent work. I was a history major so I thoroughly enjoy your works.
The Anasazi are a fascinating culture.
Balladeer
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3 posted 10-09-1999 06:43 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Your pistol appears to be loaded with great ammo, gunslinger. Another enjoyable read.
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 10-09-1999 07:48 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Gunslinger,
Your pistols are red hot another enjoyable read.
Poet deVine
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5 posted 10-09-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Very good imagery...I'm in Arizona and this describes it perfectly! Good one!
Nan
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In a word, Exquisite!!
Alwye
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Aweseome....truly awesome..

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*Krista Knutson*

Wise is he who faces the frailty of man with the strength of an understanding heart. -- Daniel L. Miller


 
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