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Whales and the Collapse of Western Civilization

May 28, 2013

THIS SAD MUSIC
(Steve Scott)

And at the end of the service,
… people walk forward

Perhaps it is
“the collapse of western civilization”
… that moves them
Or the sad music of their
… slow,
… certain
… dying
… that guides their feet

And at the end of this poem
… a strange light comes off
… the bodies of the whales
Gathering up the shadows
… like driftwood
and splashing them
… against the far walls

You would think the shadows would make
… the words there
… hard to read
However, I find
… it’s at a time like this
… I see the writing
… clearest
of all

—Steve Scott, “This Sad Music” (Love in the Western World – 1983)

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