A Stellar Flare of Young Adult Writing and Visual Art





I’ve heard tales of a statue.

Once the grandest in all the world.

Crafted by the finest laborers, with the strongest stones from Myanmar,

Now it lies forsaken

In a gloomy and ancient wood.


Severed at its base,

The statue has collapsed, the white stone

Turned dull and disfigured. Off the main wreckage

Rests a countenance of contempt. False lips and eyes

Decay amidst roots on the earthen floor.


Engraved into the plinth are these words:

‘A thousand years I shall stand!

Unbroken and unyielding.

Come, lowly vassals.

Pledge and have thy names

(Glorious they shall become)

Live for eternity!’

Found on the fallen breast is a title,

Surviving proof of the architect’s hubris.

But weeds, dogged in their duty,

Have quietly obscured the words.


Over the many years of life,

These tales frequent my ears

Less and less.

These tales are turning to whispers,

Soon to be forgotten.


About the Author

Kai Sherwin loves reading and writing literature, blogs for the Huffington Post, acted as the editor in chief of the school’s newspaper, and has published a 75-page fantasy novel. When not reading, writing, or doing schoolwork, Kai enjoys playing basketball and lacrosse with friends.

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2016 by in Poetry and tagged , , , , .
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