For Henry and Eric
“Unnatural deeds do breed unnatural troubles.” ― Wm. Shakespeare, Macbeth
Look how the world is lying,
All the wrong people dying
All the worst people thriving.
Those who once were pariahs
Fight for a crown of lightning
That cracks skulls like a lion.
Whose is the heartsick sighing?
Why all this pointless vying?
What is the point of trying?
The guards have murdered their king
In the hall where the deaf sing
And princes malinger
While the wise are praised for fools,
The kindness resolves to null
And revokes our shared parole.
Numbers is a weekly news commentary column in poetical form by Curt Hopkins. “Numbers” is an historic term for poetry, and also alludes to the numbers in programming.