Civilizations have crumbled
Nation against nation
and the people starve
Goverments corrupted by the corrupt
and for sale to the highest bidder
Religions destroyed by disciples
and fed to the fearful
Stock market floors
littered in pills and suicides
I myself have been relatively successful
As a child I built a sandcastle
and watched the tide sweep it away
Now I fix my lawnmower
and the grass keeps growing
And the universe keeps expanding

(for Steve and Giles)