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The End of the World

I witnessed the end of the world
Awakened in panic
White cylindrical cloud ushering ever skyward
Miles and miles away
Yet robust
And thick
And far too close

I witnessed the end of the world
Snapped to high alert in my dream
A sprint to her room
Where my young daughter lay face down
Crying
Aware she would not see adulthood
No words to say
No words to say
No words to say

I witnessed the end of the world
Vivid in my psyche
Panic in my heart
Defeat in my soul
Even as I lived this day out with no repercussion
The message rings clear
We exist as fools
Our modern bullshit technologies cloak reality
Our intellect finally ran its course
What remains of humanity’s hope blubbers like an infant
While death stalks our entire race

I witnessed the end of the world
Where rise the leaders of peace?
Where?
Look.
Open your eyes.
They do not exist in our governments
They do not exist in our religions
They do not exist in our corporations
All three feed on war despite their crocodile tears
All three feed on strife
Mayhem
Death

I witnessed the end of the world
While the terrific white mushroom cloud may eat us all
We truly lost the world long ago
1984 rises more real each day
Absurdities rule the race,
All suffer on some level
All cry
Digital distraction only hollows us more

I witnessed the end of the world
Who could condemn my sweet daughter to horrific death?
What monsters roam our power mongers
Make no mistake, none live without taint
When will we see?
When will we pay attention?
Will we?
Ever?

There’s only one outcome from the bickering and fighting…

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