It lives and breathes just like the rest of us,

but on power, freedoms, and corruption.

It swallows all who enter it’s mouths and slowly drains their humanity

without them even realizing.

It is a monster,

its many eyes glittering in the night;

its many tongues lapping at the running ants;

its many teeth gnashing at the sky, growing daily.

It looms over all who live within it

and forces them to bow before it

by blinding them to the outside.

Privacy and comfort are impossible yet the

dwellers delude themselves with its deceptions.

It is a hawk,

its beak piercing the hearts and souls of the ants

searching for life on which to feed;

its wings engulfing all within and block out the sunrays,

tickling the populace to a euphoric state-

pleasurable, but short-lived;

its claws tear at the Mind searching

for that ever rare feeling of hope,

leaving all desperate and wan.

It calms at the night,

staring to the stars and howling to the moon

reaching further every day for those twinkling fires.

It sighs at the dawn and rushes through

Apollo’s gift for the next night

of stargazing and contentment,

ignoring the cries of its many prisoners.

It lives and breathes just like the rest of us,

but on power, freedoms, corruption,

and us.