February 2014        

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That eighty-five people in a Roman bath
Bathe in blood while wearing a mask—
They must feel shame, or is that too much to ask?
But these are the gods for whom temples are built
And it is we left standing without a pillow to sleep.

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
With this Russian roulette, the chips have been set.
Our mother the player the bullet she’ll get,
Because there’s too much return with betting on black.
No room at the table for the poor voice of the masses,
That is for the oligarchs, patriarchs, and monarchs.

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
With coloured risings and revolutionary-speak,
A boxed image tunnelled to its peak,
While cannibalised writing takes a front seat,
Carving these intricate tales of the East,
The lens set to blur to hide the veneer.

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That the demons of the past have won at last.
From the blood-soaked forests they’ve hoisted their mast,
Proud of atrocities their legacy has cast.
They’ve stepped from their murky disgusting shadow
And now line the streets with a legion to follow.

Is it just me, or has the world gone mad?
That the very same heroes whose history is buried,
The real men and women, of which there are many,
Took on and beat the world’s most fearsome army,
Now, like a cruel twist of fate, set to repeat,
To be one of the first victims, just like back in ’33.

But it’s not just me: the world has gone mad.
The insanity of it all makes it so frustrating and sad.
Doing the same thing over and over again,
Expecting to get something else instead.
So we must look to the past and always remember
Those heroes who fell and their glowing embers.

[EON]

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