No Sympathy For Mortals

Give no sympathy
to the mortals —

measly men, in senseless
exertion to direct destinies
and assign structure
to paradise —

in a constant state
of humble failure.

They are dependent
on the effort, the exercise
of will and vigor
in the pursuit of the trite
objectives
of Freedom
and Excellence.

Do not abhor their defeat,
nor laugh at their endeavors,
for it is the striving
that gives them life,

without it, they will
surely die.

Waiting for the Fall, Prague, Czech Republic

Waiting for the Fall, Prague, Czech Republic (Photo credit: Grufnik)

From one of Shawna’s word list at Flipside Records.

 

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “No Sympathy For Mortals

  1. This is excellent, Mark. I especially love:
    “assign structure
    to paradise”

    This reads almost like a campaign (or anti-campaign) speech. Nice work.

  2. “measly men, in senseless
    exertion to direct destinies
    and assign structure
    to paradise” … They are idiots.

    “without it, they will
    surely die” … You are probably right.

    I like these as well:
    “in the pursuit of … trite objectives”
    “Do not abhor their defeat, nor laugh at their endeavors”

  3. Pingback: Experimenting with a Word List: 12 haiku from 13 words – Flipside Records Prompt Words (7) « A 19 Planets Art Blog 2010/2012

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