The solitary, noiseless bang
Sent shock waves out with a giant clang
Then matter and energy spewed on by
Out into darkness like a wandering barfly
Drinks all the light from the infinite sky
Larvae born to wonder why
Through a speck in time
We cry and cry
Out for sanity, fight for our space
In solitary confinement
The jailer seeks eternal grace
As placidly we take our place
Some worshiping something higher
Some seeking glory now
Others hedonistically defying the Gods
Their souls and spirits howl
Attempting to thrive
Yet killing all things living
In self absorbed disgrace
While pretending to procreate joy
They drink the blood of the devil’s boy
Hallelujah, hal-al-lei-lou-ooo-yah, hallelujah…

“….This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.”1

  1. “The Hollow Men” (1925) by T. S. Eliot
Gary H Adams is a retired federal civil servant living in Illinois. He graduated from the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy and has sailed on merchant ships all over the world and worked on tugboats in New York harbor and the surrounding waterways. He has a Master of Library Science from the University of Oklahoma in1975 and has worked in academic and federal libraries until returning to sea in 1981. Upon returning to shore, he worked in transportation and logistics. He has had poems published in Alkahest: American College Poetry, Wesleyan University Press, 1969 and Ukraine: Light in the Darkness, compiled by Rodney Drought and Margaret Gudkov, 2022. Read other articles by Gary H..