The sun it rises, according to Hegel,
In that ancient Orient before the flood
Till the ships sailed toward Byzantium
And time itself came hanging over Europe.
It’s absolutely not accidental, says Hegel,
That the great Geist wind blew West—
It is and was the Occident
Where History itself would be won.
And so a cardinal direction claimed itself to be
A civilization of peerless superiority
Gathering evidence of its own supremacy
Through cosmological inquiries into its own destiny.
Dissecting and inspecting with great glee
From Descartes to Demolins they all did decree
Encomia of an all-knowing rationality
Defying and defiling any remaining mystery.
Imperial sails flew flags of progress
Adding entire continents to their shelves
And emissaries with instruments came
To put the world itself to work.
Through cogito came a cogent capitalist system
Ergo the sum of its parts was a globalized vision
Of labs like corporate pyramids—
That’s how the atomic bomb came to be
That crystallization of Western energy.
O Geist, thou breath of Adam’s being—
Winter lingers on, and Spring will never come
Until they’re all gone, the injustices that were done!
So be thou me, impetuous atom bomb,
And blow away the vast blue sea;
Billow up your messianic gales
And sing in menacing maelstroms;
Let the blaze ooze out from the abyss
Lighting every wave leaf and cloud;
Let threnodies rip and roar in every direction
Making the very earth bleed upon its thorns;
Write with me a savage decree
To blast out missiles made of enmity;
Let all wonder be burst asunder
And every repose be deposed;
Send me crying havoc in the night
And with Jupiter’s arrows smite the starlight;
So that it may all begin anew
So that we all may begin again.