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Friday, October 07, 2005


by Bill Costley

Our future is quickly getting far
bleaker than we'd ever imagined.
All old assumptions are off &
all new assumptions, barely-on:

What our parents thought is absurd;
what we now think is ridiculous, but
there’s nothing laughable about it.

Irony fails; tragedy builds; an empire
gone nuts can’t stop itself; its
propaganda fails; tragedy builds;
future History will record this
as our
2nd Greatest Delusion,
after A New World Order.

Bill Costley serves on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco chapter of the National Writers Union.