Listening to Messiaen September, 2020

Making sense is overrated
better the gibberings of mad men.
Address the homeless;
tell them the latest numbers
fresh from randomization.
As long as there are numbers
science requires no sanity.
Reassure those who peddle nonsense,
who call politicians friends.
Keep count, careful inventory.
Talk about the missing;
the numbers by definition
will add in the end.
Double entry each atrocity.
Tabulate the numbers of the dead.
Civilization has grown no wiser;
we cannot stop the plague of men.
Carefully keep track
and give number to the dead.

Nous sommes tous condamnés.
We are all doomed.

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Ken Weene’s stories and poetry have appeared in numerous publications. His novels and other books, most published by ATTM Press, can be found on Amazon. Ken’s novella "The Stylite " was written while he was in residence at the Writers’ Colony. It is one of three pieces in his Broody New Englander.

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