when did it start,
this chaos that rips daily
through our world?
when did the simplicity
we once held so perfect
and loosely
slip into oblivion?

somewhere along the way
life has become so
what was one has become two,
what was two has become four,
what was four has become
multiples of chaos,

pecking away at peace,
mining our minds
of any semblance of tranquility,
replacing what was the self
with something I can’t even
recognize as self.

when did it start,
this seemingly uncontrollable
fire that so many have found
ourselves burning within?
it’s not hell,
or even hell on Earth.
it’s worse.
we just keep beating the drum
and fanning the flame.

Author: Dan Steven Erickson

Dan Steven Erickson is a great undiscovered American songwriter.