We Didn’t Know…

that it was the last gasp of our civilization.
lights flickered, then decayed like a candle flame in rising wax

that our cities would become lost cities.
crushed under the inexorable force of a chlorophyl-fueled army

that five billion was a killable number.
most of them never knowing why it was they had to die


If we’d have known…

we could have said good-bye.
we could have raged against fate.
it would have been all the more horrific.

About B Gourley

Bernie Gourley is a writer living in Bangalore, India. His poetry collection, Poems of the Introverted Yogi is now available on Amazon. He teaches yoga, with a specialization in pranayama, and holds a RYT500 certification. For most of his adult life, he practiced martial arts, including: Kobudo, Muay Thai, Kalaripayattu, and Taiji. He is a world traveler, having visited more than 40 countries around the globe.
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