THE FORSAKEN IDOL, by Michael Noonan
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THE FORSAKEN IDOL, by Michael Noonan.

Beneath the blue parchment of the sky,
in the sweltering heat of the desert Sun,
the remnants of an ancient city lie;
abandoned, gutted and undone.

A bare shadow of days gone by,
a sad wreck the wastes bound;
bleached, dry bones in the ground lie,
and is heard only the wind's melancholy sound.

By the forum the ruins of a temple stand
where an antique God had his home;
slowly the stones erode to sand
and no offerings to his presence come.

He was the embodiment of celestial power,
his strength evident on his carved features;
attended by priests, each sacred hour,
he loomed above mere mortal creatures.

They thought he ruled the heavens on high
and all the mysteries of creation understood;
and though born from chaos, would never die,
as inviolable, in his sanctuary he stood.

Incense billowed before his shrine,
countless creatures to sacrifice were led;
and in ceremonies malodorous and divine,
on his altar blood was shed.

Now a wasting, shapeless heap of stone,
new Gods for old have been traded;
he stands amidst the wreckage, shrunken, alone;
all strength gone and glory faded.

Kings, priests, scribes, have all gone away,
no armies march, and captives take;
no taxes a harried peasantry pay,
no obeisance the humble and god-fearing make.

He was their mainstay and their pride,
the heart and soul of their state;
but with their passing his own power died
and sealed the sullen Idol's fate.





















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