Cycle of “Build and The Fall”

Cycle of "Build and The Fall"
Cycle of “Build and The Fall”

Cycle of “Build and The Fall”


One day this Brick and Mortar

will fail to provide shelter

to turn into a fine dust

along sprouted path.


In the new green Craft Makers

work the looms to create clothes

to cook delicate colors

from Berry to Dye.


One day we will remember

how to use timber to build

create concrete from ground stone

no longer lean-to.


Cycle of “Build and The Fall”

return to the Earth and rise

depending on our spring crops

to a high-rise life.


Their Sons will ask their fathers

their fathers have no answers

there is no self in ourselves

only self in things.


An esoteric Pastoral

salt seas, mountains, and deserts

growth of fins, legs, wings, and teeth

a lone mammal hunts.



To draw with fallen bear blood

on inside of corner walls

spend time on sharpening blades

collected for hunt.


Hunters start large families

gather in community

domesticate animals

understanding plants.


Raise community livestock

learn the fine art of farming

to build a comfortable home

seasonal change.


Begin ritual dancing

singing to every star

wrapping baby, why she twirls

having found some joy.


How long till alone in cave

hunting mammal finds itself

among shelters formed in dust

lost on sprouted path.


There is hope for our children

though slow the mountains will grow

the newer rock moves upward

towards a new light.



Moving along centuries

many flowered valley show

one-hundred-year horizon

promises of peace.


Tell our young to climb all crests

to search for valley flower

a few items to survive

build community.


There will always be poets

those that describe the cycle

language from generations

a life here on Earth.


Language for each element

from metal to inert gas

a poet who specializes

on observing one.


If Brick and Mortar do fail

memories shelter prevails

in a puzzle of poems

written throughout time.


This is how we remember

how to use timber to build

create concrete from ground stone

to a high-rise life.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

3 thoughts on “Cycle of “Build and The Fall”

  • January 24, 2022 at 3:46 PM

    Wisdom abounds throughout your: “Cycle of “Build and The Fall”. Here, I feel that you were showing us the futility of what we put our hope in to: Brick and Mortar…will someday become dust along the path where we once had found shelter…so teach and remember the essential ways of the land that will always sustain us. “Tell our young to climb all crests; to search for valley flower; a few items to survive…” Great line…and a great read!

  • January 26, 2022 at 7:06 PM

    Yes everything we build will crumble in time but the lessons we learn and pass on to our children and future generations allows everything to last longer than it would otherwise. A great poem taking us back through the ages to the beginning. good work Jamie.

  • January 31, 2022 at 8:20 AM

    I will have to mimic what John and Steve commented. The lessons learned become more important than any brick and mortar we can build. I really enjoyed this abbreviated history lesson too. It was well thought out and executed. Nice work~Paul


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