Simply 6 Minutes- 9-13-22- Requiem for the Artful

Today’s prompt is:

https://www.thebrokebackpacker.com/mysterious-places-in-india/

I’d been walking for 3 days without food or fresh water.
Suddenly, there it was!
An ancient cathedral in the middle of this barren landscape.
Was it a mirage due to my exhaustion and near collapse?

Even as I approach, the craftsmanship is breathtaking! All the wooden parts of the structure have long since rotted away yet the builders’ intention of enduring beauty is crystal clear.
No modern-day contractors would even attempt such a project and it is quite doubtful that they could imagine any artful plan anyway. Beauty and divinity no longer matter in 2022, and our humanity shows graying fraying edges directly for that reason.

Sweat pours down my face burning my eyes and I startle awake. Outside of my parked car in the glare of the midday sun, is a Walmart.
My catnap inspired dream of wandering in the heat undernourished-nearly dying-was less gut wrenching than this reality of such banal, purely functional, architecture.

157-words

https://christinebialczak.com/2022/09/13/simply-6-minutes-welcome-to-the-challenge-09-13-2022/




5 thoughts on “Simply 6 Minutes- 9-13-22- Requiem for the Artful

  1. trishsplace 09/13/2022 / 6:13 pm

    Sad (if not true) commentary on the world today. Well done.

    • Susan St.Pierre 09/13/2022 / 8:01 pm

      Thank-you, Trish. I have faith in beauty making a rebound as poets are still going strong. 😉

  2. Stine Writing and Miniatures 09/14/2022 / 6:29 pm

    Haha, I love it! I always think about how intricate and beautiful architecture used to be before there were all the new ways of making things. It seems like things should be more beautiful now but now everything is just functional.

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