i wrote this during a particularly dark time circa 1980. 
it was and is far from uplifting but somehow i came
across it and as i read it i realized we are there as we
were then…and perhaps we have never left that dark 
place and i dare say if i wrote it today it may be a little 
darker yet. 

 

everybody’s dying

 
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
in this world we call insane
and nobody knows it, 
‘cause it’s part of the game
.
and there is no resurrection
once we fall down from that cross
and there is no institution
to redeem our final loss
.
and there is no cotton bandage
that can stop the bleeding wound
and no time for looking backwards
‘cause we are already doomed
.
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
and we’re smiling all the while
we just never realize it
we just line up single file
.
and the explosion of that bullet
bursts across the night time sky
and the mushroom cloud filters down
and the laughing people cry
.
and there is no restoration
once our cities tumble down
and there is no consolation
for no prizes can be found
.
and there is no rhyme or reason
that can color over dead
and no time for looking backwards
to the words that jesus said
.
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
and some have sold their souls
and everybody knows it
after sifting through the coals
.
and there is no hope for another time
the stainless sword just fell
there is no care for your fellow man
as he stumbles into hell
.
and there is no constitution
that politicians sign
for the sign’s already written
and sealed since the start of time

and everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
though none can answer why
and there are no super patriots
who storm across the sky
.
and there is no firm foundation
to hold your footing down
and there is no more destitution
past the hunger sound
.
and there is no vegetation
to keep a man alive
he should have eaten the bread of life
if he wanted to survive
.
and no time for looking backwards
to the way it could have been
that time has passed and satan’s tongue
has pierced the hearts of men
.
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
god, take this pain from me
this sight of annihilation
this staining of the sea
.
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
the anguish is too real
even a blind man who has darkened eyes
no longer can conceal
.
that window of his inner soul
which holds the picture clear
everybody’s dying, everybody’s dying
my friend…the time is here