"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

Change And Decay

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The house and yard were cleaned and painted, inside and out, just ten months ago.

But since then the annual monsoon has fallen: five months of rain.

What human hands made spick and span, nature has quietly reclaimed.

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Inside, damp patches have appeared on walls, and a picture has been invaded by moulds,

Front,

 

And back.

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Outside in the yard, walls that gleamed in bright paint a few months ago

Now host algae


And mosses.

 

Once proud gate towers have become outposts of an infant jungle.

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It is time to summon a workforce. The annual repaint is due.

Soon all should be clean and shining bright.

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