‘If only I could make the Whole World great again!
Make it pure, pristine, and airless like the moon!
Make the continents and teeming oceans great!
Rid their surfaces and depths of all things living!
Wait. I’ve got the power now. I can!’
(possible candidate for inclusion in work in progress CALIGULA UNBOUND)
When the whispers that were once anthems all die out,
now that the madness at the fringe is institutionalized,
will we drown in private penance? Will we shout?
Our freedom was not something devils prized
from our dead hands. No, we gave it away.
We still have a chance, a lesser chance, to win
our freedom back, our honour back, today
and every bleak tomorrow. Seeing sin
for what it is – a bully and a coward –
is the first step to redemption, to the goal
of living in a world we want. Keep marching forward.
Madness feeds on madness and we’ll be leaving
our better selves behind us in the cold
unless we organise and stop mute grieving.