atlantis syndrome

    Who'd have cause to find it tragic, should
    a tidal wave erase this little city?
    Who indeed could argue with much pity
    or call for fresh debate for common good,
    on news of deep concern and urgency?
    Apart from silence before the nine o'clock
    news in brief, the usual dose of shock,
    pundits mouthing off, some petty currency
    quietly withdrawn from market boards, who cares,
    to be candid, when a minor nation ends?
    No doubt they had it coming, we'd say. Shit happens.
    What terror is renewed: with grim affairs
    and grave talk, shadows, tougher laws, weapons
    against nightfall, and drought, and uncertain friends?

06 July 2004   13:51 hours
the meaning of wealth in the new economy (2004) { } playing tennos