Sodomize the earth with cars,
bulldoze the sea floor, flatten
the forests, let the deserts spread
like pesticides, parking lots,
land mines, and television sets.
Penetrate death all the way
to eternity. Make of extinction
an asterisk (at least when it comes
to ours); render all the other
animals irrelevant. Technologize
the wilderness: the greatest way
to tame it. And when the leftovers
of your life come drizzling
to an end, pretend to understand
the mysteries of existence;
clog your brain with thoughts
of God and useless prayers
to camouflage your impotence.
It will help you make it through
Like everyone, you have the right
not to see. Blindness in a world
gone mad is a luxury.
So don’t despair when you are met with aught
you can’t digest; it’s better to accept
the terms of your prolonged arrest.
A lifetime’s striving for lost goals cannot
bring peace of mind, unless you learn at last
that losing is the key. Then you can smile
as you disintegrate down to your self,
a well-dressed skeleton, a wrinkled hide,
with no place left to hide from the sunset.