The Abandoned Hotel

 


Once crouched, now slouched on the clifftop, the off-white

ramshackle building has stood empty and deserted for years.

Most of the windows are boarded up against the watery light,

against damage, against weather. Obviously, the very real fears

of the last owners came true, for they’ve long since abandoned

it to time, space and memory. Once grand, it now stands bereft,

run-down; the hushed and dripping garden wildly overgrown; pond

choked, blocked with matter; formerly bright facade paint left

to peel and fall; gutters sag badly and pipes lean. Inside,

all of the rooms are silent, empty, carpeted with dust. A few

discarded items remain; a broken clock, smashed crockery, a tied-

back black velvet curtain, ragged and holey, a chandelier askew.

These are the fragmented remains of former glory, left over from when

it was, no doubt, seasonally full and very noisy. Now it is silent

save for the wind. From an empty room upstairs, the sea can be seen

throwing itself repeatedly against the rocks, tirelessly constant.


 

The Abandoned Hotel
© R J Dent (2009)


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