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Kalliope

 
Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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(Writer's note:
I wanted to make this diary flow...)

America flows.

Come one,
come all,
to the land of plenty.

The supermarkets in America
are always well stocked,
and the food is cheap,
so have some children,
three or four,
maybe five.

However.

Every oil well
in the world
is giving up less oil
than yesterday.

Every farmer in America
with less fuel for the tractors,
less fuel for the combines,
is sending out less food
than yesterday.

More humans,
but less food.

Still more humans,
and still less food.

Many Americans
will kill each other,
fighting over food;
but maybe a few,
maybe most,
will see what's happening,
see what's unavoidable:
famine.

Famine,
grinding us down,
famine,
killing most of us,
whether we fight each other,
or not.

Maybe most Americans,
instead of fighting their neighbors,
will see the true enemy,
the famine itself,
and surrender.

Maybe most Americans
will surrender to famine.

Maybe some of them
will live blog their deaths,
keeping online journals,
at Facebook or Daily Kos.

Starvation is not
a painful way to die;
like carbon dioxide asphyxiation
or freezing to death,
you go to sleep,
and,
after a while,
your heart stops,
which hurts like hell,
but only for a moment.

Then all your moments are gone.

Thanks for reading.

Next week,
maybe I'll write about
the American survivors,
hunting feral hogs on horseback,
with compound bows,
and razor sharp arrows.

(Make sure you puncture the heart,
or those hogs will attack you,
injure your horse,
and try to kill you.)

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:00:21 PM PST

  •  Then all your moments are gone. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kit RMP, Brecht, RiveroftheWest

    I wonder if I read that phrase,
    or one very similar,
    somewhere else.

    Any of you
    remember it
    from somewhere else?

    Famine in America by 2050: the post-peak oil American apocalypse.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 04:43:02 PM PST

    •  No. Similar sentiments crop up frequently, (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RiveroftheWest, Kit RMP, micsimov

      but rarely that final.

      That time of year thou mayst in me behold,
      When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
      Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
      Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
      In me thou seest the twilight of such day,
      As after sunset fadeth in the west,
      Which by and by black night doth take away,
      Death's second self, that seals up all in rest.
      In me thou seest the glowing of such fire,
      That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
      As the death-bed whereon it must expire,
      Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
         This thou perceiv'st, which makes thy love more strong,
         To love that well, which thou must leave ere long.
                                                        –William Shakespeare

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:21:05 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  It sounded like a lyric from a song to me (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      RiveroftheWest, Brecht

      So, I did a google search and this is what I came up with. Lyric Wiki: Analgesia: Left Behind

      (Please do NOT feel obliged to download it as a ringtone to your cell phone, as the site suggests! I'm not trying to sell anything here!)

      The relevant line is the beginning of the last stanza.

      I'm not really familiar with Analgesia. (Uh, oh, it just hit me--left behind--is this related to that christian taliban apocalyptic crap? I hope not!)

      I think there's another similar lyric from another song, somewhere, teasing my memory, but I can't come up with it now.

      What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

      by Kit RMP on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:47:30 PM PST

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  •  By the way, I think you meant to say (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Brecht, RiveroftheWest

    "Carbon monoxide asphyxiation," not "carbon dioxide." Carbon dioxide asphyxiation, also known in the old mining days as "chokedamp," is more like drowning--you KNOW you can't breathe and it's a horrific suffocation experience, not a gentle falling asleep kind of thing.

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:18:58 AM PST

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