What Nature Has Wrought
The brightness of man’s hubris shines atop uprooted palms reaching for the firmament, silent in rebirth. You and I look out different windows as if the intransigent panorama would darken less in one than the other. The earth will exact its recompense for the parched ignorance of urban development with a flood, black water swells, etching a path; driving mediocrity from the face of nature’s perfection, marred by sidewalks. As if we needed shoes to walk; As if we needed stucco, vitrolite, steel, or terracotta to feel alive.
Inspired by "Pink Sidewalk, 2017," above the ekphrastic poem.
Emboldened by our cities, we’ve uprooted Nature from the earth and painted a memorial in her stead; preferring the artificial to the real, misplacing our faith in steel and chain-link fences. Our need for control blinds us to the truth: we get our strength from the chaos.
Inspired by "Camouflage, 2017," above the ekphrastic poem.
Above our heads, growing unperturbed, Negating the inconvenience of plaster And concrete soil, a plant stands in defiance. Structures of all types are built, but Nature finds ways To wear them down, to overtake them; Amassing patience to teach lessons in hubris. Silent custodians of unwavering purpose In a world that chooses domination instead of harmony. Ancient knowledge that we ignore at our peril: Seven wonders were gifted to us, An ascending series of tiered gardens containing Marvels of mankind’s imagination: trees, shrubs, and vines Overhanging, a large green mountain of mud bricks among them. Years from now this white building will be Long forgotten, the exact location of this pensile paradise Overlooked by cartographers and priests. Varying accounts will meld into rumor And still the roots will remain entrenched to the earth.
Inspired by "Painted Roots, 2017," above the ekphrastic and acrostic poem.
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Renzo Del Castillo…
…was born in Lima, Peru. Mr. Del Castillo graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in English specializing in Victorian Literature and an M.A. in Mass Communications specializing in Intercultural Communications. He has spent the last 10 years working in the healthcare industry. Mr. Del Castillo has been published in Literary Yard, the Acentos Review, the Scarlet Leaf Review, and the Ekphrastic Review.