lie fallow for years and years that pass
in the farewell trembling hues
of the night too black and dazzling
to look real.
The placid ponds of gilded lilies ripple
with the sinking shades of this suffocating
twilight, the black night's faithful employee.
The corrupted fates of grandeur,
formerly sparkling, now vexed and weary,
lie scattered on the banks
which the nightly Rider of Justice haunts.
Vladimir Orlov is twenty-nine and was born in Volgograd, Russia. In 1996, he graduated from Volgograd Pedagogical University, the Foreign Languages Department.
Since 1992, his work has appeared in more than fifty US, UK and Australian literary magazines and US Christian periodicals such as The Wesleyan Advocate, The Shantyman, Christian Educators and The United Methodist Reporter.
Published by permission of the author.