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Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Demon Haunted World [Today's News Poem, April 25, 2010]

The Demon Haunted World [Today's News Poem, April 25, 2010]

“A grenade attack apparently targeting the Bangkok residence of former Thai prime minister Banharn Silpa-archa, an influential ally of the ruling coalition government, has injured 11 people.”
– ABC News, 24 minutes ago as of 8:18pm PST, April 25, 2010

A candle in the dark ignites
A fuse that flashes insight:
Alone and mortal, free to spite

Our consciences with reasoning;
With science, pain is easing—
Grenades provide the seasoning.

Kabbalah's sparks aren't just for Jews—
Its flame is just the produce
Of fertile minds that pick and choose

Which way insanity is clad.
At best a type of monad
The universe has driven mad

And cast adrift on quantum dreams,
We're chemicals that burn and scream
Against the nihilistic themes

Of nothingness perhaps. We fear that God exists
Inside our minds, that we are it—the horror twists
The intellect into a force we can't resist:
Irrational is rational. We must persist.

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rToady said...

I like the ending, it works really well.

Khakjaan Wessington said...

Thanks. Really doubted it because I felt I had painted the poem into a corner. Decided to double-down w/ the finish.

Been screwing around a little bit w/ songwriting structure in the news poems. Don't have it yet, but I'm going to keep playing w/ it. Thanks for the comment.