abandoned declination of a stately house and gardens
it's lakes left to green scummed limpidity
mournfully willowed over
an absence of punters and swans sadly prevailing
time lingering without promise.
Of visitors, these days are bereft
and there is no wildlife higher than the unkempt grasses
fountains thirst for water around which
few hopeful birds converge
weeds carrying on, overruling pathways
driveway gravel remains undisturbed.
Statues, gargoyles, decorative masonry
wears thickening skins of lichen
staircases, furniture, floors, chandelier's
offer long term resting places for blanketing dust.
Hauntings of presiding ancestral ghosts become futile
though their long-gone historical eras persist.
Such are the workings of ruination
such is the pitying of lost human entrustment.