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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

War and Delusion

Nature is red in tooth and claw, or so Saint Augustine said
See beneath the placid waters of the calming lake, where it is eat or be eaten
There is always a bigger a fish

Peer beyond the gold and purple of the meadow, flowering
The snake and the fox are on the hunt, the spider is weaving, and the cat is prowling
We humans are the worst of all 

We languish in the comfort of peace, smothered in its balmy illusion
Delighting in the sweet euphoria of the warming breeze, soft and wet, and smelling of the sea
We are the swine-herd of Calypso

The world is at war and its burning with a magnificent heat, a nuclear fire
Violence tearing continents apart, consuming cultures, and nations, and tribes, devouring them 
Hungry America, daughter of Liberty

She walks the earth like a Titan, pissing and shitting everywhere
Leaving fields of corpses, each body a seed of resentment, filling rivers with blood, and waste
She is not America, she is Kali Amer
            Amer Kali, the goddess, The Destroyer of Worlds, bitter and raw
                       
It happens in an instant, depending on how you measure time
A tiny event, a million minutes, a blink of the eye, an episode of pain
A flash of white and it is gone

We view the past in abstracted pieces, frame by discontinuous frame
Memory never captures reality, it reconstructs, creating something new
A conditional aesthetic

A lawn chair, a sun tan, the oil coated skin, bright and glistening
Bronzed and warm, fractals repeating, a desperate nation, a starving child
The intoxication of peace, inebriating war
            Our comforts are not free


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