20 January 2012
A night dark and cold as no other night in no other place could be,
Domestic dogs barking into the subzero oxygen;
Though the earth is growing warmer this place has never been colder,
The pure, murderous stillness of heat-death reigns supreme.
A young man is slaying orcs with his guild from the comfort of a basement.
Four layers of insulation and warm electric light surround him.
An old man is counting his presidential dollars in neat golden stacks
And reminiscing of the days when a dollar bought a meal.
This is the planet Hoth, this is the land of Melkor,
This is Siberia, this is a Yukon River homestead,
Could a Hawaiian ever understand it?
Could a Puerto Rican ever grasp it?
Wisconsin, January 19, 2012