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.