Alex Harford Short Stories & Poetry

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Ancient City (AKA Edible Drums)

by Alex Harford

Winding chasms
Heaven-reaching walls
Straight-limbed statues
Wordless calls

Poised icons
A breath of light
See leaping lion
An ancient fight

Abandoned thoughts
Mysterious air
Unsought treasures
Hang in despair


Shields raised
Courtyard stage
An empty well
Waters plague

Eerie silence
Timeless mêlée
Only your footsteps
Echoed decay

Abandoned thoughts
Mysterious air
Unsought treasures
Hang in despair


Centre sanctum
Endless future
No way out now
Devil's torture.

About this

"Ancient City" were some of the first lyrics I wrote, and perhaps a precursor to the kind of short stories I started writing.

A few years after I wrote the lyrics, my band The Cakes used them in a song we called "Edible Drums." It's probably called "Edible Drums" because we imagined bass drums as giant cakes, or something...though that might have just been me...

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