Already Dead

We have written our words all
over the land, constructed cages
to contain what we can’t
control.  We have put a price
on all the things that can’t
be bought or sold, raised
our voices until we are all
deaf.  We have invented gods
of fear instead of harmony,
raped and discarded what could be
raped and discarded, left
bloody sorrow to fertilize
anything mistakenly overlooked.
We long ago sold our souls,
and our hollowness is so vast
no one can measure it.  And still
we look for more more more–
because what can ever satisfy
the absence of what was
never there?

2-gone-silent-s

For Brendan’s earthweal challenge, already dead. The art is a postcard fiction from 2017, but it seemed appropriate to both the theme and my thoughts.

4-empty-handed-s

You have to become empty in order to begin to fill up again. Perhaps we can learn to choose more wisely this time.

Linking to dVerse OLN, hosted by Bjorn.

25 thoughts on “Already Dead

  1. Another excellent pairing of images and words, Kerfe! We humans have so much to answer for on a planet that doesn’t belong to us – it’s a shared place that we have annexed for ourselves – animals and plants can’t read the words we’ve written all over the land – if they could, we wouldn’t be in the state in which we now find ourselves. I feel the despair in the lines:
    ‘raped and discarded what could be
    raped and discarded, left
    bloody sorrow to fertilize
    anything mistakenly overlooked.’

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  2. There is deep truth in your words Kerfe:

    ‘ We have invented gods
    of fear instead of harmony’

    And now we worship them. I refuse to worship these gods anymore and will continue trying to do what good I can. It’s all any of us can do.

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  3. LOVE IT. When I read cages, i thought of the folly of wildfires, floods, hurricanes, microscopic viruses. When we think we can control Anything, nature, bless her, has yet more lessons in store. Well written. ❤

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