October 28, 2018: Paradise Lost

“Ruin was rumoured to be rooming up the road

Where a neighbour’s barn’d burned down,

Their heyday a payday away,

Pride, Ruin’s bride-to-be, paced our property

in the long gowns of afternoons,

While ruin rode shotgun in Dad’s old Ford

and pulled the wheel hard toward cabarets.

Dad had work, but Ruin had ways.”

––Todd Boss: Ruin

Sleighton School, Glen Mills, PA, abandoned in 2001

 © Philip Knight 2018