Who knew how long it would last?

THE UNEXPECTED DEMISE OF DEMOCRITUS

“the laughing philosopher” 460–370 BC

J.T.BLEU

Swilling excess
Sensational success
Succulent progress
Limited access
Nature’s abscess
Religious coalesce 
Fundamentals profess
Right’s flourish
Nuclear regress
Apocalyptic conquest
Wrong’s redress
Crimes nourish
Milks tourist
Green torrents
Mob’s umbilicus 
Silent chorus
Immigrant’s egress 
Bureaucratic process —

— Nullified my solitude 
Until I heard the cry of a desert bird,
And I was puzzled.

I queried everything:
Sad that any natural beast, 
Could suffer so among the remnants
Of History.

Healthy respect lingered in my 
Mind; and I laughed, too,
But it was brief;

Until the horns bellowed 
Again, and I composed a 
Haiku:
The river bends our
Innocent eyes to deltas
Of flesh made of mud