The Ancient Modern

Heir of Prophecies, Part VII  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill                                           

The torchlights of all prophecies bend
toward calendars and manuscripts, seeking the End
in Babylons and Mysteries,
in tyrannies of iniquity
in Iron Ages, Yugas of the darker gods
with anti-kings and anti-christs receiving our applause

all this means nothing to the Sphinx.
The World’s City spreads and swells before it sinks
into coughs and convulsions of cosmic impersonality.
In her left hand, game of games, the Seance of Banality;
in her right, a broken glass reflecting an abyss
each shard engraved with the anti-truth:
                                    Necessity is Meaningless


All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2021 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

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