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Golden City Gate - Poem by James James

In time the Golden City gate no longer opened free
The dirt and grime coangulate, too hard then turn the key.
For no-one now to oil the lock, to scrape corroding rust
All gone now, gone for ever more, all gone beneath the dust.

For man in search of wanton wealth, by raping nature's wares
Destroyed that precious giving soil on which survival fared.
Till no-one left there now to care, or even take the blame
And long dead plants that grew there once, lie fossilised in shame

Where once wild creatures freely roamed, where songbirds' voices soared
Where once so greened with trees and plants, now only waste is stored.
Where once so sweet this blessed land, so full of living joy.....
Now still and black and dead it lies, this place that greed destroyed.

No platforms left to set the drill, to gouge that savaged land
No space, no room to sink the wells, no sheen of golden sand.
No cars to build, no roads to drive, no factories belching dross,
No people left to even care, or ever mourn its loss.

Then, man, infinite in his thirst, fled from his cruel deed
To seek again a virgin soil in which to plant his seed.
Found far across that barren void, cross universal girth
A green and blue and pleasant place, again he called it Earth.


Comments about Golden City Gate by James James

  • Rookie Moya Levy (11/4/2006 10:04:00 AM)

    an enchanting read! ! A great poem, I enjoyed it very much. Thought provoking, sadly probably end up a true story. Moyax (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie John Myers (11/1/2006 1:58:00 AM)

    Yet another fascinating poem. I couldn't agree more with the message. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Brian Dorn (10/31/2006 10:17:00 AM)

    Amazing imagery and so real to life. A lesson to be learned, and you've taught it flawlessly. GREAT write, James!
    Brian (Report) Reply

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Poems About City

  1. 51. Golden City Gate , James James
  2. 52. To The City Of Bombay , Rudyard Kipling
  3. 53. City Streets , ivor or ivor.e hogg
  4. 54. Las Vegas, Las Vegas, The City Of The Un.. , Dan Jordan
  5. 55. Asbo City-Fun , Lisa Cresswell Wilkinson
  6. 56. A Map Of The City , Thom Gunn
  7. 57. To The City Of London , William Dunbar
  8. 58. The Burning Of The Steamer City Of Montr.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  9. 59. A Brook In The City , john tiong chunghoo
  10. 60. ! ! Winter In The City , Michael Shepherd
  11. 61. A City Remembered , Vernon Scannell
  12. 62. City Gent , Craig Raine
  13. 63. The City Of Golf , Robert Fuller Murray
  14. 64. I Still Love The City, But The City Does.. , Alex Gomez
  15. 65. Shitty Kitty City , Wild Bill Balding
  16. 66. City Of Music , (kc) ripper
  17. 67. Night In The City , Ellis Parker Butler
  18. 68. Wet City Night , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  19. 69. Overheard Through The Walls Of The Invis.. , Frank Bidart
  20. 70. In A City Garden , Trumbull Stickney
  21. 71. [01] City-Bus , Ashraful Musaddeq
  22. 72. My City , ross boss
  23. 73. My Beautiful City , ross boss
  24. 74. The City Of Sleep , Rudyard Kipling
  25. 75. (harichandran) 10 Left The City Ayodhya.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  26. 76. (harichandran) 12 In The City Of Kasi , Rajaram Ramachandran
  27. 77. City Roofs , Charles Hanson Towne
  28. 78. The City , Charles Hanson Towne
  29. 79. This City , Uriah Hamilton
  30. 80. Song: Suicide City , David SmithWhite
  31. 81. City Night , farzana hossain
  32. 82. City Planning , Michael Philips
  33. 83. Spring Song In The City , William Cosmo Monkhouse
  34. 84. O City, Look The Eastward Way , Enid Derham
  35. 85. Big City Turkey Day Paper , Bill Grace
  36. 86. The Desolate City , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  37. 87. London City 1850 Inspired By Duncan Wyllie , sylvia spencer
  38. 88. Barbarism In Pink City Again , Dr subhendu kar
  39. 89. Cardboard City. , Graham Jones
  40. 90. Walk This City. , John Kipling Lewis
  41. 91. Sunday Chimes In The City , Louise Imogen Guiney
  42. 92. This City Boy Loves Country , Dewey Nixon
  43. 93. (i) 4 (Angst) Here In This City , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  44. 94. In The City Of Sorrows , Aldo Kraas
  45. 95. City- Walk , Indira Renganathan
  46. 96. Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial , Marilyn Lott
  47. 97. The Girl From Cebu City , YURI DURAAN
  48. 98. (harichandran) 11 Left The City Ayodhya.. , Rajaram Ramachandran
  49. 99. While The City Sleeps , Dee Daffodil
  50. 100. City Of Contrasts , C Richard Miles
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