Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Hubris and Opulence

Plague of sorrows
Torn by misery
Legacy of torment
No tomorrows
Tears burn bitterly
Forlorn is our lament
Atlantis our home
Sink beneath the surface
Take your people with you
The waves are rising
The rains keep falling
Society's destruction
The peak of greatness
The fall from the heights
Gods we beseech
Atlantis falling
In a day
Generations fed deceit 
Greatness a word
Not a deed
Our rise was hubris
Every day gilded 
Our fall is preordained
By our uprising conceit
Never again such grandeur
Our prestige 
Such opulence
A lie
The heights we've climbed
Now civilization must die

"Now in this island of Atlantis there was a great and wonderful empire which had rule over the whole island and several others, and over parts of the continent and, furthermore, the men of Atlantis had subjected the parts of Libya within the columns of Heracles as far as Egypt, and of Europe as far as Tyrrhenia.This vast power, gathered into one, endeavored to subdue at a blow our country and yours and the whole of the region within the straits, and then, Solon, your country shone forth, in the excellence of her virtue and strength, among all mankind."  PLATO