"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


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.


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



And back.


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.


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

Soon all should be clean and shining bright.


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