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Nature’s Revenge

By Raagulan Umashanker

(the sequel to “Mankind’s Damned Garden”)
An ideal garden for nature, not for man.


Concrete and coloured glass

Invaded by persistent weeds and fountain grass.

Pathways, patios and passages

Decimated by flying ant savages.

The chain saw blade near the shadowy ivy

Entangled and restrained by its long stems slyly.

The aged and decapitated stump

Covered with a toadstool clump.

The brown hedgehogs vengefully return

Spiked up and open-stealthily hiding behind rasp fern.

The foxes jump over the fence rails

Preparing to strike the dog that bit their ash grey tails.

Dangerously bright flowers, spiny leaves and poisonous fruits

Unbreakable from their thick roots.

The bees are aggressively humming

For their violent attack is coming.

The rosebush set on fire

Has now regrown thicker and higher.

The broken greenhouse

Now populated by parasitic pups from a mouse.

The abundant ruby apples that the people used to pluck

Already gone by the emerald parrots who greedily sucked.


Their Garden of Eden.

About Reading University Writers Guild

RUWG provides workshops focusing on developing members’ writing skills in a variety of fields, including prose, poetry, and drama, as well as non-fiction branches such as speech writing. We aim to provide a no-judgement atmosphere in which budding writers can share their work. Constructive peer criticism will equip people with the skills they need to become the best writer they can be, and by giving writers a space to publish their work if they wish, we hope to foster a lifelong passion in the hearts of our members for creative writing.

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