Intelligence is limited
by the battling appetites
and opposing attitudes
that only when put aside
may thinking proceed
to why we exist -
glib theories expound
to a World in trouble
with billions of minds
in commercial service
to their wealth and poverty,
their entrapment in myth,
their hunger and dread,
their burden of crime,
their hatred and killing,
their growing masses,
their global pollution -
the omnicidal madness
of their life on the ground.

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