a vision of the Lost City of the Incas

Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas)

Machu Picchu (The Lost City of the Incas) (Photo credit: Luke Redmond)

the explorer went off searching for a lost city
separated from the passage of time
jungle lore told the story of an ancient city of the Incas
paved in gold and with no fears of death or crime

working his way deep into the jungle
while all around was nothing but endless scary sounds
as if something evil was hiding behind every tree
making him think of the wisdom of turning back around

but he kept on bravely further into the unknown depths
slashing through the lush overgrowth right and left
day after day, with all his hopes oh so slowly sinking
and his heart growing further and further bereft

until standing beside a raging waterfall near a cliff covered in green
he spotted the shining city reflecting in the setting sun
tantalizing him by sitting out of reach on a far off mountain top
and as the sun slowly set, the city disappeared and was gone


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  1. #1 by RKHouse on May 28, 2012 - 12:08 am

    This old college poem was originally not about Machu Picchu, but rather some mythical city in the jungle. Machu Picchu is real and is so simply amazing that I decided to try and adapt the poem in that direction.

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