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The Beast

 
(for Fadhel Kaboub)
 

Scatter

not pearls

 

Into

thin air

 

They will

fall
 

Or

flounder

 

Some

here

some there

 

In

traces

abounding

 

Just

everywhere
 
*
 

The swine*

who crunch

them

 

Champ

unaware

 

Chew

glass

pebbles

 

With

same placid

air
 
*
 

Theirs the

Kingdom

 

Theirs

The Time

 

The Porcine

Era

 

Of High

grot

And grime
 
*
 

They

plumb

the depths

 

They

soar to

the top

 

Heil

Porkers

Ebullient!

 

Cream

Of the crop!
 
*
 

They swing

high the

Sceptre

 

They wear

low the

Crown
 

Sporting

talismans

 

Of bell

cap

and gown
 
*
 
An Age

in Retreat

 

In fulsome

Defeat

 

With God

absconded

 

Fled from

Her Seat
 

All are

subverted

 

The Rout

is complete
 
*
 

Ethics

denuded

 

Morals

effete
 

Though it

slay

so surely

 

Ah the

hemlock

is sweet

 

Take a deep

swig

 

Be with

Evil

replete
 
*
 

The Beast

is

upon us
 

No Exits

Withal
 

In

Spirit

Defiant

 

Let us

brace for

The Fall
 
*
 

Judgment

dismembered

 

Reason

asleep
 

The Path

be

perilous

 

The

Abyss

is deep

 

What

They have

sown

 

Alas must

we

reap
 
*
 

Be vain

To cry

out
 

Look

Even Lucifers

Weep!
* the term is metaphor only, following usage; no
slur is intended against that noble, much abused, animal.

[© R.Kanth 2022]

 

Professor Rajani Kanth, is Author of Coda, A Day in the Life, and Expiations
 

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