Courtyard, Jerome

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Ghost town ... side street ... a still life in crumbling brick and peeling plaster, a monument to forlorn hopes and forgotten dreams. The skewed doorframe and buckled pavement are testimony to a long, slow downhill slide. Gazing upon the scene, we are reminded of the transitory nature of our own existence -- all will one day return to the ground. But even in ruin is a certain beauty: could any museum piece be as perfectly and artfully arranged as this tableau of decay?


Revised: November 15, 2006
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