Nihilistic Declaration

** WARNING: 
Here comes my very own
Nihilistic Declaration
Self Righteous Indignation
You're FREE to change the Station.

Can you imagine a life
That gives you the option
To ride private jets to your child's games?
You can't be bothered by the masses
The workers below who sit
Each in their cars in traffic
      to get to their jobs
      to clean your house,
      to trim your hedges,
      to make your meals,
      to deliver your pleasures...

Am I really going to cry
Over the loss of one more Elite
While the toilers suffer and die
To bring you your joys?

How proud do you feel while you dine
Sipping from your metal straw
That put out how many emissions
To fabricate so you can claim
You're not responsible
For that dead whale that choked
And bloodied your private beach?

Have you forgotten how to drink from a cup?
Has it not occurred to you
That the whiteness of your smile
Has less value to the planet
Than not using a straw at all?

But then, what would they sell you?
Who then would make a profit?

Please, excuse me for my nihilism;
For saying, we get what we deserve.

Let Los Angeles sink into the ocean.
Let the viruses cross our so-called borders.
Let the weapons we built be turned on us.

Our existence has proven fatalistic.
We've so much as begged our Mother
      to render us extinct,
      to extract us from her house.

Our lives are not worth saving.

We are the Omens of Destruction.

We are the Bearers of Bad News.

We are the Leaders of our own Procession,
      and the angels will not call for us.

 

8 comments

  • Theodore Powell
    Theodore Powell Antioch California
    That's great

    That's great

  • Joyce
    Joyce Memphis
    Very dark and sad.

    Very dark and sad.

  • Crystal
    Crystal Tucson
    So true. So tragic. In every sense of the word. Beautifully expressed, Ariel.

    So true. So tragic. In every sense of the word. Beautifully expressed, Ariel.

  • Mark Ecklund
    Mark Ecklund Irvona, PA
    "We've so much as begged our Mother to render us extinct, to extract us from her house." Stunning writing. Poetry like a shock collar. Thanks, Ariel. I needed that.

    "We've so much as begged our Mother
    to render us extinct,
    to extract us from her house."

    Stunning writing.
    Poetry like a shock collar.
    Thanks, Ariel.
    I needed that.

  • Doug Rawlings
    Doug Rawlings Maine
    Thanks for bringing this issue into a poem of such force and clarity. I love the headlong rush, rhythm, of the lines building into that stunning last line. Once again the poets are the legislators of the world. All the best, Doug

    Thanks for bringing this issue into a poem of such force and clarity. I love the headlong rush, rhythm, of the lines building into that stunning last line. Once again the poets are the legislators of the world. All the best, Doug

  • Jemima
    Jemima MA
    That's right.

    That's right.

  • Tim E.
    Tim E. MA
    "Let Los Angeles sink into the ocean." Much like the mystics and statistics have said in the past.

    "Let Los Angeles sink into the ocean."
    Much like the mystics and statistics have said in the past.

  • K.
    K. Japan
    "Let the viruses cross our so-called borders" is starkly prescient given the situation to hand. Stay safe all!

    "Let the viruses cross our so-called borders" is starkly prescient given the situation to hand.

    Stay safe all!

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