fall of babylon

cradle of civilization…

civilized?

what right have any of us

to call ouselves civilized?

destruction is refined

and made an art;

yet is still destruction.

not so long ago

a few mudbrick tablets

with wedge shaped marks

older than some

peoples,

languages,

religions,

races,

countries,

were smashed.

really,

what are a few bricks

when we smash peoples?

only their own history.

destroyed

for lack of resale value.

their own past.

and ours.

our mutual cradle,

our shared birthright.

reduced to piles of cuneiform dust.