The ruins

The ruins
The Ruins at Hampi, Karnataka
Where people see the ruins,
I see the city—as once it was–
bustling with vigour;
the stones anticipating
frenzied activities instead of
the shadows of nothingness,
the emptiness of the market
filled with haggling buyers,
the forlorn temples once
basking in their glorious grandeur,
the abandoned palaces
proud of their showy splendor,
the haughtiness of the nobility,
the dreams of the residents
before it all crashed,
the forgotten relics serving
as a reminder
that invincibility is
but an illusion;
that all these ruins were
once a thriving city;
and every city hopes,
not to become a ruin one day.
© K.A. Acharya 2018

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6 thoughts on “The ruins

  1. These were the exactly the thoughts that crossed my mind when I had gone to Hampi. You have penned them down beautifully, Kiran. The city was supposed to be bigger than Rome and had tourists from all over the world. All that is left is now ruins, which serve as reminders of the past splendour.

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