Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Halloween, which is known as the Day of the Dead in some countries. Inspired by the weakening sun in the northern hemisphere, as our planet’s tilt switches to favouring the southern hemisphere, old traditions thought the boundaries between the living and spirit worlds were at their lowest.
Humanity is the Destroyer of Life
The Halloween tradition has evolved to portray fictional creatures such as vampires and werewolves as the monsters of the night time world. In reality it is humanity that causes nearly all the problems at all times on our planet; both for humanity and other life.
While sometimes it is real life psychopaths, like the Halloween movie‘s Michael Myers, most of the world’s problems are caused by normal humanity, and its incessant desire to expand and control, killing and destroying everything in its wake.
The Banality of Evil
Individual humans are usually unconscious of their actions, simply living to the norms of their society. Sometimes the norms of society support some pretty gruesome behaviour; which looks like pretty similar to what the monsters do in horror films.
More humanity means more horror. As Francis Coppola and John Milius‘s Colonel Kurtz exclaimed in Apocalypse Now at the end of his lifetime in humanity: ‘The horror… the horror… the horror…’
Defenders of Nature, Demonised as Witches
catch a falling star
transform it nuclear
capture the rainbow
mine every ounce glow
hunt sweet shaped cloud
sow together Earth’s shroud
humanity radiates acid rain, ancients interpreted to explain
fall of humanity continues
overseen by wise retinues
loving their lowest hour
protected by power
Big Bang reverse
one god no universe
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