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"Bad Habits in the Ancient Lands" - PBCC Writers

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This is a poem from my "strange and apocalyptic" file.

Bad Habits in the Ancient Lands

We take in smoke,
Sit back and gaze away;
Playing out the day,
Draped in acquiescence.

We eat the flesh
Of beasts and relish it
As cannibals smack lips
Over the meat of men.

This land of killers and their prey
Still stinks of bitter death;
We inherit unmarked graves,
Elegies of wasted breath.

Our limbs have atrophied
An age. A useless stage
Of brutal evolution is upon
The world, the flag unfurled—

On the sable banners of
Savage tribes, our loyalties,
Writ bold, we do inscribe
In blood. We leave alive.

Now desolate within,
We quit this place—Be damned!
the desecration of our hapless,
Helpless, hopeless race of men.
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Date:February 24th, 2004 10:02 pm (UTC)
This is totally awesome. Correct me if my interpretation (its a quick one mind you) is wrong. You speak of the decay of man, who thinks it's so much better than the rest of the animals, when in fact we're worse.

? maybe im tired and thats not what you're getting at at all. Ill have to read it again tommorrow.
Date:February 25th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Yes, that's the basic idea ... the decay of man. Our evolutionary pace is outstripping our ability, as a species, to co-opt and use the benefits of that evolution; in essence, we're "jumping the shark," to use a phrase from the world of television. The titular bad habits are our complaceny, decadence, the capacity to take all things for granted, and the ease with which we abandon an endeavor when the going gets rough.
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