Poetry

All of Those are Tragedies

(About a 2 minute read)

You delicately posit your superior brain,
Which you assume is a fact,
But I take as an untested hypothesis.

“Tragedy”, you say, “Died with the rise
Of the sciences and technologies.
We’ll soon conquer death, you’ll see.”

But I don’t know if you know what I mean
When I say, “I might be the last
Of the ancient Greeks.”

“Tragedy to me is not what it is to you,
It’s not a man dying young.
It’s not some couple breaking up.
It’s not the loss of a fortune.
It’s not being born in the sticks.
It’s not what’s merely sad.”

“No, tragedy you see
Has roots in our nature,
It’s stamped deep in our DNA.

“It’s based on the fact
We have foresight,
Can lay out our plans
For the years far ahead.

“And yet don’t you see
How often those plans go wrong.
For though we foresee the future,
We can’t see well enough
Not to screw up,
Not to lose all in the game.

“We’re just smart enough
To get into messes
That we’re not smart enough
To get ourselves out of.

We can discover the atom
But not how to disarm it.
We can discover the oil
But only to wreck our home.
We can educate ourselves
But we can’t stop the lies.
We can build democracies
But we can’t keep them safe.
We can grow rich
But on the backs of the poor.
We can seek god
But only to kill for him.
We can eradicate diseases
But not population growth.
We can saw down a forest
But we can’t stop with one.
We can create plastics
But we can’t clean them up.
We can hunt lions
But we can’t save their lives.

All of those are tragedies.

4 thoughts on “All of Those are Tragedies”

    1. What a coincidence. I’m kind of in awe of you. I have been running into you all over the net today! In fact, I’ve just come from your blog. Everywhere you go, you seem to drop wisdom and insight like luminescent bird droppings. Quite impressive, if you ask me.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting. I hope to see you often around here.

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      1. “Luminescent bird droppings” — I must say, that’s a first! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed spotting them. 🙂 I’m also happy to see you’ve stumbled across my little space on the web. I’ll definitely be back here again.

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