The Elements

by Cornelia Rohde

(a lipogram)

The eye remembers when trees stretched free,
dew nestled where fern dresses swelled green,
veld scent preened, reeds smelled fresh,
herds fed serene egrets,
deep kelp reefs nested eels.

Here, greedy steel, cement deserts creep.
Grey bells knell the
feckless end.

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