“I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up”
- Leonard Cohen, Darkness
in the blackness of Friday's forest,
disoriented by the storm,
greenbacks, bitcoins, Amazonian
intent on obscuring the Solstice─
that shortest of days─
pointing to the heavens &
that star, nuclear bright, heralding
the birth embraced by Wise Men,
their ancient stories the apotheosis
Matt & Luke's evangels memorialized.
Christmas lost, eclipsed by
temple moneylenders' incantations;
belief in truth, justice, empathy trumped.
But wait! All is not lost!
In the West, horses of color, fleeing golden fires,
stampede, trampling untruths & injustice.
The seals are broken, a new nuclear star rising.
Revelation! Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride!