I would not disturb the sodden leaves
whose corpses now decompose
upon these ancient steps.
Lest it rouse the ghosts
of those unsettled souls
who ascended from here to eternity.
One can’t use that final line without feeling more than a little self-conscious, so here’s a footnote:
The title of the film “From Here to Eternity” comes originally from a quote from Rudyard Kipling’s 1892 poem “Gentlemen-Rankers”, about soldiers of the British Empire who had “lost [their] way” and were “damned from here to eternity”.