The Fallen Paradise

Caroline HarrisDecember 28, 2016The God IssuePoetry


Gather in the twilight dusk
A collection of trampled leaves and grass underfoot
The crisp scent of pine hanging in the air.

Follow the iridescent blue jay
Whose wings are a majestic cape
Of star-studded sapphire
Weaving through a canopy of green.


Discover the meadow of broken dreams
Where dreamers lay down their heads to rest
In a sea of shattered sea glass
That glints and cries in the moonlight
Forming an ocean of melancholy tears.
Beneath the roaring canvas of night
Imagination comes to die
Fading stars and hibiscus flowers
Chasing each other in the moonlight.


As the world around you shatters
Close your eyes
in an eternal slumber
With only the wind in the willows
To mend your broken heart.

Caroline Harris is currently a sophomore at Castilleja School in Silicon Valley, California. Her writing stems from a deep-set fascination with the subtle nuances of the English language. An accomplished musician and aspiring writer, Caroline’s extensive travels and overseas experiences inspire much of her work. Her interests range from skiing to public forum debate to piano and chorus, and her love of language carries her through her daily life. She particularly enjoys poetry and flash fiction, and attended the Interlochen Academy of Fine Arts over the summer in order to further these interests. Caroline reads and writes religiously with the hope of publishing a literary collection one day.