of long-held-and-treasured virtues –
civility, decency, integrity –
are, as dinosaurs, felled by asteroidal-environmental change
when comes an upheaval
and governance, supplanted by charity’s absence,
aims to satisfy the (soi-disant?) ends of those who govern.
May I (I will!)
for a (soon!) coming day
when (as the great reptilians’ heirs,
the birds, are with us still),
a phoenix of resurrected honor will rise from the ashes
of this time of mores set aflame.
As I pray,
I pledge anew
to be –
the words of my lips
and the deeds of my life –
Will you, too?