Blades of Grass

We, the last warriors of the world,

see our war-shattered realm as a was, and an is, and a what might yet be.

Strong is our connection.

The ones before had tears that dried in a barren land.

Only memories to tempt the blackened earth to sprout colour,

tendrils of greenery, and life, and wonders

that only exist in memories.

Our children will finally wash the blood from the stones.

Coax more than memories from this land,

that still skims along the tipping point,

still yet hoping for the sky’s return,

for soft, growing soil,

for grass.

The blades of grass daring to remain sprout from endless mounds of charred soil.

They have withstood all, bending, but not broken despite the heedless winds, despite the careless flames,

despite the tread of our oblivious feet.

We, the last of the chosen race, dominant beings of Earth,

sit in the ashes and fragments of our kin,

teaching morality tales, and myths of an ocean of people,

feasting on a river of food,

turning the world into a swamp of the rejected.

Dust in our mouths, the bitter fruit of knowledge.

Our war fought so long, the cause we have forgotten.

Lullaby a protest song, trying to remember the words.

Believe that that blood is thicker than water, neither should ever be spilt.

We, staggering survivors, witnesses of the fierce four steeds,

promised today to never deprive another of what we would not deprive ourselves.

To never behold tragedy and proclaim,

I have no power to relieve you of your suffering.

Though it took us to suffer to realise.

Lest we forget, must remind of not of who we lost, but why.

The reason of our pain, though not the sting of it,

gives us hope enough to sprout without fearing the fire.

For sprout we must.

We.

Nothing separates us now.

No status of humankind, no adornment of the skin.

There is nothing but the firm grip of one hand on another,

and the worth of the words we barter among ourselves.

Green with life as from the dead we rise.

We. Us.

We are the blades of grass.

The Merman

Blue green skin and sand in his hair

emerges the child from the sea.

Built brawn and strong, for one so young,

by the brutal currents of the deep.

Neptune’s people are strange and few,

kept so by the Gaia people’s decree.

He guards his steps like one betrayed,

clever enough to remain free.

Blue green skin and pointed ears,

he breathes through slits in his skin.

He watches the sun, and touches the wind,

with less ease than the land-dwelling kin.

Dark turn his scales, the fleeing fish.

I sigh as he returns to the ocean.

Why does he visit this withering world?

Little on land inspires devotion.

Some choose to forget the past,

though many try to believe,

we won’t err again, kill all other men,

poison beasts, air, water and trees.

One day I will stand in sight of him,

Will he stand or flee to the brine?

There must be a reason, why he visits every season.

Would he show me his world as he has shared mine?

Crash of surf, the wind picks up,

I approach the breaching tide.

Magnificent in flight as from the water he dives,

lands on the sand, black eyes bright.

He extends a scaled arm,

Slowly for he sees that I am frightened.

He takes my hand, I step off dry land.

It is cold. His grip tightens-