The potential energy of falling bodies


The time has come to

an end

when inhumanity would surface

in the next of kin

Walking down the road,

barely breathing,

sucking wind

I never noticed the air could be so far away

It’s the nature of this beast

whose beady eyes commemorate

our scariest monster lies in wait

Invisible and wrecking with usual discretion lacking

routing out the remaining in every damn direction

How harrowingly surreal

This waiting on death

an unforeseen yet so foreseeable

life-changing event

not just any life

collapsed by the eulogy or catalogued anonymously

into time and place

reduced to cause of death

compiled for future reference

making us bear witness

to the life that’s lived between us all

sharing our extraordinary planet in a collective plane called history

as religious freaks and cultists make beliefs of burden their fallacies can bear

healers decry that now too many of us are broken – we are, at best, beyond repair

our pieces that can be picked up but never remade with any care

fragments of what we meant to say, moments floating never dared

near misses

sliding into bases

moving targets

leaving traces

experts cite no evidence

since evidence requires proof

so proof is skewed toward reaffirmation

of gathered realizations

from stalwarts in the past

fallen angels collecting bones

while heaven’s high rise tower remains closed

to any and all self-isolating souls

a woman walks her husband downtown to the hospital

because they’ve been advised not to take a taxi, ride in an uber, use public transportation

the motors and machines we’ve built to speed our movement- anathema to us now

We should have known

Somehow we should have put our efforts somewhere else entirely

After all, mere weeks ago

the stats compiled show

fertility rates in Africa

inversely effect

life expectancy in the industrial world

all predictions show

a race to grab as much as possible before we go

trade wars, tariffs, sanctions, fatal blows

configured carefully so the profits flow

from the festering decay of dinosaur bones

to tyrant autocrats who

tussle to declare

their bottom lines must compare in weight

so that only one may keep the fare

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