At The Far End

  At the far end of those loops of road
Is what will come and destroy it, a rich and vulgar and bewildered
         civilization dying at the core,
A world that is feverishly preparing new wars, peculiarly vicious ones
         and heavier tyrannies, a strangely
Missionary world, road-builder, wind-rider, educator, printer and
         picture maker and broad-caster,
So eager, like an old drunken whore, pathetically eager to impose the
         seduction of her fled charms
On all that through ignorance or isolation might have escaped them.

Robinson Jeffers. ‘The Coast Road’ (excerpt)

Photograph taken at Herculaneum, Italy, March 2018.


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