The Last Watch

Received an email from Promising Poets Parking lot this morning, and I haven’t heard from them for a while, so I’m posting one for them this morning. This is an older one (last summer) and the picture is provided by Reena Walkling at Missing Moments. One look at her photo titled, Pompei, and the following poem came pouring from my pen… er, um… keyboard. I hope you find it enjoyable!

The Last Watch


They stood watch

O’er the last park

Stoic and tall

Armor chinked and discolored


Silently they stood

Bravely they watched


Yet daunting


Many years they’d


Never once leaving

Their appointed duty


Not knowing

Those who’d bid them


Would not return



A thing not known

To silent sentries

Made of stone

Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn


  1. Sherry Mashburn said

    I love this poem! So evocative!

  2. catnip said

    Great representation for the picture! Well done:>) Visited the Promising Poets Parking Lot. Is this open to anyone or do you have to receive an invitation/email as you mentioned? Are the posts a poem a day for the week designated? Can they come from earlier posts since new persons will be reading them? I know. . .probably too many questions. LOL:>)

  3. tigercity said

    ah Pompei near Napoli & Vesuvius.. it’s on my visit wishlist.. and still they stand.. there was one survivor – a prisoner in a cell.. what irony that the convict walked away..

  4. I love the old sentries … the energy they emit, and the stories they could share. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Andy said

    Wow, great job my friend. This was very well written!!

  6. Pat Cegan said

    Nice to read your work again. I have little time to read blogs but need to change that as there are so many to enjoy. Thanks for visiting Source of Inspiration. hugs, pat

  7. A beautiful poem. I love it.

  8. gracefulglider said

    Wow I love how you gave them life I kept expecting see someone at the end 🙂 Good job!

  9. Miss Kitten said

    Nicely written piece. 🙂 I’ve been away as well, still poeticizing, painting, and putting together jigsaw puzzles, but not participating. Though I am particularly pleased to see you posting again, How’s that for alliteration??

  10. Hema said

    You have brought them back tolife with your wonderful words. Nice read…

  11. Raivenne said

    Bravo Charles. Wonderful personification. Yes, they do stand the testament of time. I love this.

  12. this is really great, I could see them standing in my mind and then the picture is at the end to reinforce those mental images – great work!

  13. the words and the image match,

    love the rhymes, very well crafted poetry.

  14. superb sentiments and topic…

    Thanks for being part of Thursday Poets Rally and hope to see you continued support …your input is valued…
    We are giving you the perfect poet award for week 71 today, enjoy!
    If you take it, please nominate another poet in your poem post, and leave your acceptance link under our award post, thank you in advance!
    Happy End of August! Have A Grand September Ahead!
    Looking forward to seeing you in the rally next time again!

  15. nefariousx said

    Your works are always quality, this one no different.

  16. anjuartwriter said

    a pleasure to read the dedication

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