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and you think you are so clever

4 June 2010

it would sound profound, but for this inner warning.
keeping a heart beating requires more than life–
and living apart from the source of life
is the zombie-world of living death; wraith-like,
such existence is cursed, half-life, with no escape,
caught forever in the gravity-well of mutual self-destruction
where instant gratification reigns
with Hesperonian all-consuming tyranny.
what subtle and hideous vanity! what masque of pride
as patient love and loving ardor here disguised!
and you, with the pretense and swaggering surety
of the wronged lover, slighted, set aside
for some other love; but what would you know of it,
you who look on devotion and call it obsession,
mocking charity and chastity as weakness–
how perfectly nietzschean you are, a great blonde beast
on the prowl, stalking your prey…
but no, i shall not be on your menu today.

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  1. Joe Suzz permalink
    4 June 2010 17:06

    “how perfectly nietzschean you are, a great blonde beast
    on the prowl, stalking your prey…
    but no, i shall not be on your menu today.” that is bone chilling, and the beast being blonde and neitcheian invokes the imagery of the Hitler youth.
    I agree with this poem, living apart from the source of life makes us into this half-life. You poem makes a warning to mankind, a much needed warning.
    -joe

    • 5 June 2010 21:10

      In “Genealogy of Morals” Nietzsche describes his ideal man as a “blonde beast”–clearly meant to be his ubermensch, but you’re right, the Hitler version is quite uncomfortably called to mind here as well. The thought behind this, though, has more to do with the reversal or inversion of values set in motion by Friedrich (although he would say that he was merely attempting to restore values…), and how this idea has found perfect expression in this poem’s subject. Thanks for the compliments on the poem, Joe! Please feel free to comment whenever.

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