In ignorance dawned the day .
Morning birds sang everyday songs,
full of lilt and promise
and dew’s kiss still lay on the land.
Oh, that fog had never lifted
and humankind remained subject to its pall!
No planet’s orbit altered that day.
and the earth continues its spin.
No suns sputtered and died.
Leviathans still slip unseen
beneath the deep sea waters
and microbial battles still wage.
Men knew the destruction destined;
only human hearts bore the hate.
Holding death in brazen disdain.
men set fate’s appointment,
their minds shutting away the horror
and rejoicing at Hell brought to light.
The nation grew up that day,
in smoke and fire and ash.
No longer a callow maiden
unbloodied by evil’s dark gore,
she lay, rudely violated,.
her tear-filled eyes open now
to the world’s savage ways.
Now only memories hear the screams,
as birds again sing their morning songs.
Now only hearts left behind
feel the lingering pain.
Yet the abasement haunts us
as we cling to bright images