“The Advancement of Evening”

Inspired by William Golding’s novel, Lord of the Flies

The deep sea breaks miles away
Where the crying gulls return
To their roosts among the square sea rocks.
When the day so hot adjourns.

The butterflies dance round and round,
And the songs of the birds grow faint.
For nature keeps its peaceful ways
Free of man’s constraint.

The savage dances by the fire.
The beast begins to moan.
But Simon glances round and round,
Ensuring he’s alone.

He holds his breath; he leaves his sweat;
Bends down and worms his way.
To be secure behind the leaves
Where nature’s creatures lay.

Away from hate, away from war,
Away from savage man,
In the bright fantastic peaceful way
That our world first began.


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