Set in stone, bronze, iron and gold,

The last legacy of man and God,

Bears witness to his dynasty’s demise.

Arms upheld denying chaos’ rise,

Crook laid down, with none to terrorise.

The epitome and essence of the human condition,

As slowly solitude aids orders expedition,

And humanity’s witness becomes history’s patrician.

Survival, endurance, and beastial roar,

Self styled God is made man once more.

But survival’s ward wears through self-contemplation,

External durance turns to internal altercation.

The garden of earthly delights is not dead,

While sap’s sickly sweet smell swims free through the head,

Flowing forth from the corpses now charged in his stead.

And in narcissistic utopia,

A unique cornucopia

Of insanities beset history’s end.

A life taken corrupts life’s rise and fall.

A punishment paid with no heed at all.

If you guys enjoyed this poem I wrote some time ago (which, incidentally, is about the last human), then be sure to check out the article I just wrote for Warhols Children, ‘The S.S. Pornocopia and Other Erotic Tales‘. It’s been a while since I’ve written an article for them, this one is about the ingrained role of pornography in modern culture. Enjoy! πŸ™‚


32 thoughts on “Bastion

  1. I like how you can switch from informative one day to poetic the next! πŸ™‚ It’s so hard for me to switch from right brain to left brain. Probably because my left brain is retarded anyway. LOL.

    • Lol, I’m sure that’s not true, Olivia. πŸ™‚

      Thanks, it’s kinda the lot I’ve been given (though I do enjoy swapping hemispheres of the brain, truth be told). Because I want to write fiction, I logically expanded into writing nonfiction to a) expand my skills b) gain recognition and c) make money. All of which seems to be working for the time being. I do really enjoy jumping back and forth between fiction and fact though, keeps my brain spry. Will probably see a bigger focus on fiction towards end of the year though, as finishing Beneath a Clockwork Sun draws ever closer… ^^

    • Thanks Charles, this poem was actually the inspiration for my first novel, ‘Ascendant’, which remains packed up in a box until I can be motivated to do a serious overhaul. It… needs work. πŸ™‚

      • I think I’d find motivation easier if I hadn’t spent a year editing the thing, only to realise that it still wasn’t up to snuff. I simply decided I could do better, worked out what I would have done differently, and started from scratch on BaCwS. Funnily enough, I regret nothing. It’s been an excellent learning experience. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m not a big poetry lover, but this was powerful. Good luck on overhauling your 1st novel. The ones you learn on are the most valuable, most painful, and most joy-filled.

    • Haha, thanks Jen, and I believe it. For now, I’m more interested in making my current novel work. Overhauling no. 1 might be a job for another millennia… πŸ™‚

  3. Nice poem as usual, deep. I agree with the comments about your switching gears — left/right brain. It’s awesome the way you do that. About editing your novel. At first I was so sick of the novel I worked on for two years. Edited, stopped, didn’t like it, sick of it again. Once I finally set everything else aside and put my all into it, I loved it. Now, it’s probably my favorite book. I saw a blog title float down the Twitter stream the other day– “When to Ditch a Novel– but I didn’t read it. It kind of scared me, because I do have one or two on the back burner, and I really don’t want to ditch either one.Good luck deciding what to do with the novel.

    • Thanks MJ, I’m glad you’re enjoyed it, and are enjoying the tone of my blog. πŸ™‚

      In regards to ‘Ascendant’ though, I’ve kinda already made my decision to let it rest for now. Truthfully, I’m less concerned about getting published than I am at improving my craft, and Ascendant gave me that priceless opportunity to see how I could be better. I don’t regret the time I spent on it and editing it, but let’s face it; I could pour another year of my life into editing it, or I could write another book with a more solid foundation in that time. Think of a novel as though it were a house. Sometimes, no matter how many renovations you put into a house, if the foundations are flawed you will never be able to make it great. Sometimes, cutting your losses and moving on to something new isn’t a bad thing. Now, obviously each individual needs to know which is right for them. Sometimes, you do need to be determined and apply yourself to polishing the heck out of your book. But it’s entirely plausible to me that sometimes, the best thing to do is move on, and that’s the call I made. BaCwS however is a different story. I’ve poured a lot more thought and planning into it to let it slip by so readily… ^^

      Thanks for the advice though, MJ. It really is appreciated. πŸ™‚

  4. Great poem, and great article. You hit a lot of valid points, countered with well timed levity. There are two things I think of: 1) porn is not real, it’s an overboard art form, almost abstract, and no person should expect what is displayed in a real relationship. (not saying it isn’t possible, though.) And 2) with each decade, it’s pushed further into extreme until you do get that “dead eye look.” Is there a place that is too far, will it effect us as a whole? Probably but who knows. Just have to go back to point one.

    • Thanks Kody, glad you enjoyed ’em. And I agree with your thoughts on pornography. It’s a concern what the long term effect will be, but I guess the truth of it is that male sexuality is seen as a bit ‘cro magnon’ in the modern era. Pop culture exalts the metrosexual (or perhaps asexual) male; the Justin Biebers and Michael Ceras are the poster boys of the day, because they’re inoffensive, sweet, and manageable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in favour of going in the other direction, I think the last thing humanity needs is the exhaltation of overly-sexed, primordial misanthropes. But an understanding balance and acceptance of physical beauty as well as emotional and mental beauty seems like a healthy direction to move in, and pornography has the means and the medium to demonstrate this to young males. I think, at least. πŸ™‚

      But as you say, it’s not real, and the focus should always be put on the reality and physical truth of sex itself. I don’t know if I’ve got a solution for this one, porn being as prevalent as it is. C’est les vie. πŸ˜‰

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