We stoop to conquer

A Day in the Life

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We must watch a thousand towers collapse
Before our first structure rises
Precarious
Polychromatic
Above the littered nursery floor.

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We stoop to conquer
And to surrender.
Gravity vanquishes ten times the cities
violence ever could.
How many impossible palaces never stand free of our fingers?

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A lonely outpost dreads the coming horde.
Babylon, Alexandria, Rome.
Our monuments are all afternoon ancient, half sunk.
In the scattered ruins lie
every skyscraper yet to rise
above a metropolis some millenia away.

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