The Ancient Modern

Heir of Prophecies, Part VIII  /  Joshua Alan Sturgill                                           

Unmoored from Spirit, the human soul
collapses into psychology
psychology into biology
biology into chemistry
chemistry into physics. What is Life? — shorthand

a convenient term for for the dazzling fractal pattern
evolving from the interactions
of the Fundamental Laws.
Universes all the way up;
particles all the way down. Suspended on a diamond bridge,

shimmering on its surface: a mirage which complex
molecules in your brain mistake
for love and hope and thought.
No road beneath you. Demand
what you will. You make this world. Today, choose Ganymede

but receive the Queen of Coins. Choose information, but
receive media. Choose Rationalism
and be unwitting heir of prophecies.
The dragon of melancholia appears
distant but swift, to spread its banner and blacken the sunrise

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

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