This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.
~T.S. Eliot "The Hollow Men"
There is a certain elegance in something so destructive. A monument to the power created by the modern man, who a few centuries ago killed each other with sticks and stones.
Borders are scratched across the hearts of men
By strangers with a calm, judicial pen,
And when the borders bleed we watch with dread
The lines of ink across the map turn red.
~Marya Mannes, Subverse: Rhymes for Our Times, 1959