Black snow

The heat will blaze and feel like hell.
A product of some evil spell.
That clings to you like sticky oil.
And all life seems such gruel and toil.
But then the rains will quickly come.
A gentle tapping. A blissful hum.
And wash away that oily mess.
Of anguish and the painful stress.
You soak your soul in calming pools.
Which cleanse the mind like shiny jewels.
But before long, the flood waters rise.
And you’ll see only death in drowning eyes.
For floods wash away the most unfaithful.
And rid the world, quite harsh and wasteful.
And as you sit in quiet despair.
You feel an ember, alight on air.
The end at hand, no ice age coming.
Little demons with their evil drumming.
For though above, it falls as if from below.
The hurried end, in sad black snow.
Which chokes the world and covers discretely.
Your soul and bones for time completely.

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9 thoughts on “Black snow

  1. I did not take you for a religious man, but I see now that you are. Nothing wrong with that.

    Your poem is beautiful, especially the last part — the part I disagree with. To me, it will be a thermonuclear end.

    Unfortunately, I strongly believe realism demands I recognize this is inevitable sometime within the next 100 years or so. I am not a born pessimist, but when have humans ever refused a war, or a new and more lethal means of fighting one? But here you capture in striking imagery what shall come to pass, though we part on the details.

    It will be our end, of course. No one survives a 1000 year winter. But life itself will recover without us, though it take five million years before all the ecological niches are once again filled with life forms.

    So here’s the question, Mark: Are our views really that different?

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    • Thank you for the praise, glad you liked it and got you thinking. I would say spiritual over religious. Organised religion does nothing but divide and separate in my view. But i love the imagery, and especially the theatre of some religions.
      It depends what you view as the end I suppose. Are we reduced back to atoms, or do we return to the light? The planet seems to be on a self-destructive freefall, but then it’s never too late to turn things around. Too much is existing on a myopic sensibility. People are retreating to their own worlds and putting up walls. Things shift and change when we work together, a group consciousness. Worrying about others over ourselves. That’s when things change and become more sustainable. But to what ends? That depends on what you see as the future you want. I agree though, life will carry on with or without us. We are just a blip on the world’s timeline so far.
      Thanks for the interesting comment!

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      • Decades ago, a professor described me as, “The last of the ancient Greeks”, because he said I had “a pre-Christian tragic worldview of humanity”. Very true, I think, although his comment surprised me at the time. I didn’t know myself well back then.

        To me, humans are fated by our genes to get into trouble we haven’t the foresight to avoid. We’re just smart enough to get ourselves into situations we’re not smart enough to get out of. But I don’t see that as inevitable, Mark, just highly likely.

        One thing we can do about it is check our ideas against others. Run them by the folks we trust to give us a reality check. Most times, flaws indivisible to us are visible to them.

        So I’m not a real pessimist, even though I very much take a tragic view of life.

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      • Well, tragedy and missed opportunities are all around us, so i can see why you think that. You are your environment after all. But with all the fatalism and errors being made, there are others who are trying to tip the scale and shift the consciousness back to the other swing of the pendulum. I actually study Kabbalah, and there is a notion that not everyone needs shift their thinking or give themselves over to change; only a few are needed to tip the scale. That way, everyone benefits. Collectively. It’s a good way to view things i think.
        That is an excellent description from your former professor…and leads me to think you probably did well in the philosophy grade 🙂

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  2. I wish we had your poems in our school textbooks..
    They’re quite expressive and eloquent.
    Love them 🙂

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