Friday, September 7, 2007

Life as an Ant

Who wept first,
Niobe or Job?
Same story/different boats/
on a
river of time;
not much to do
when the gods call the shots.
One day they're angry,
next day they're bored;
Lassitude creeps in--
the urge to toss the dice...

Men cry for justice
(as if we ever gave a thought

to the families
of the ants we squash)
Men question/
shed tears/
dress themselves in pity/
turn to prayer.
The immortals shrug and walk away
--- better things to do---

Eternity looms large,
even in the mind of a god.

Image ~ Oldřich Kulhánek /Job/ lithograph2002

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