The dream of living by the sea
near a wild forest and ancient mountain range,
rose unbidden, colouring the day to day
of my long ago high school world.
Time has passed unbound,
leaving its inevitable brushstrokes
and bruised shadows behind,
it’s here amid the trifecta of water, wood and earth
that I make my stand –
Resisting the lure of the lemming mind
at every red light I come across,
shaking off the eagle-eyed glance of the developer
as they sharpen their hungry tooth.
With shredded grace barely covering me
I awake each day to stake my claim,
that dream of long ago, a tainted paradise.