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the consensus is that it's a difficult time,
perhaps the most:
large gatherings of people in cities
all over the world
protesting that they'd rather not be
blown to shit.

but whoever's in control
will not listen.

the suggestion is that, of course, it's
only power fighting power
and the real power, of course, is in the hands
of the few who run the nations
and their need is to protect something
beyond the many people.

it is conceivable that these few
will escape
when the final blasting begins;
they will escape in their space craft
where they will notate and watch
the display to its finis,
and then after a reasonable wait
they will return to the remaining
safe regions
where they will again begin building
another ridiculous and
incompetent future.

...which, to me, is not a very
glamorous thought
while opening a can of beer
on a hot
July night.

    
The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps - 2001

ground zero

the consensus is that this is a difficult time,
perhaps the most difficult of times:
large groups of people in cities
all over the world are
protesting that they'd rather not be
treated like shit.

but whoever's in control
will not listen.

the suggestion is that, of course, it's
only one power fighting another power
and the real power, of course, is in the hands
of the few who run the nations
and their need is to protect those many things
that belong to them.

it is conceivable that these few rulers
will escape
when the final eruption begins;
they will escape to their safe havens
where they will watch
the eruption to its finish,
and then after a reasonable wait
they will return
again and
will begin building
a new ridiculous and grossly
unfair future.

which, to me, is not a very
happy thought
as I crack open a can of beer
on a hot
July night.