Sugar Cane Mill

Barufaldi
03/1997
Belize, Central America

The ancient sugar cane mill,

once forceful, now

pensive,

quiet, peaceful.

Gears and wheels,

once productive, now

resting,

a fused silhouette of rust-stained metal,

choking with sinuous green growth, yet,

soften by pastel-colored layers of leaves.

Porous red bricks,

once supportive, now

weakened,

eroded by unfulfilled dreams and promises, long ago.

The ancient sugar cane mill,

succumbing to pressures of new ways,

reminiscent of past glories.

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