What did Lot's Wife Turn to See? (a poem 24)
© Eso A. B., 2012
What did Lot’s wife turn to see
Before she turned into a pillar of salt?
What did Kurtz see
Before he screamed “The Horror! The Horror?”
What did Princes Ismene see
Before she fled Thebes
To write “King Oedipus?”
Oh, dear! for the hindsight of it all!
Who has gone with it into the future?
What if the hindsight of the future is
More of the same in the past:
More pillars of salt, more horrors.
More skull racks?
If the future comes today,
Seven billion skulls will bleach the beaches;
All washed up by the waters of our washing machines
Spilling microplastic debris, not sand
mixed with sea algae and and fishbones
oicked clean by seagulls.
Yes, the bastard did divorce grandmother,
But would not divorce the second time,
Because of the money he stood to lose
to his new mirror of self.
He was a Lot his own fate,
Hands tied and more.