The Empire Falls

Power fades slowly
Over the centuries.

When it dies
It devours the willing,

And suffocates
The reluctant.

The genius of Augustus
Fails eventually.

From the ashes
Chaos reigns.

Anarchy is
The future;

Unless the new

Walks along the
Unprecedented path.

Oblivion may be

But only if the blind
Can see again.

by Cody McCullough


Photo by Elizabeth McCullough

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  1. kaytheauthor

     /  April 7, 2013

    lovely words to represent the picture I sort of felt as I was going to be reading a story afterwords..

  2. hotjazz17

     /  April 7, 2013

    Reblogged this on UNCOVER777.

  3. mk

     /  April 7, 2013

    I just saw “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners”. I was struck by the difference between my generation (Angela Davis’) and the current generation. Apropos to your poem.

    • Cody McCullough

       /  April 7, 2013

      Thank you for you comment. I haven’t seen that film, but is sounds like I need to see it.

  4. Hey, Cody, I’m currently in the process of setting up an Apocalypse Thursdays weekly spotlight-type deal, whereby I reblog any apocalypse-themed work I stumble upon while checking out other people’s blogs.

    The Empire Falls has that kind of “end of times” feel for me, so I was wondering whether you could see it being reblogged within the context I’ve described? Cheers

    • Cody McCullough

       /  April 7, 2013

      Sounds great to me. Go ahead and reblog away.

      • Thanks. Ok, I’m not all that tech-savvy yet, so I’ll have to see how it all pans out. But it should all be up there on my blog on Thurs, fingers crossed! Cheers!

  5. Not to worry. People have expressed similar sentiments in the past. Of course, they were right…..

  6. Exactly right!

  7. Reblogged this on Missing Zero and commented:
    Although the word Apocalypse doesn’t actually appear in this poem, it still has a real end of times feel for me. Enjoy!

  8. An epic of hopelessness. Told in short, grim, purposeful lines – to a final Armageddon.

    • Cody McCullough

       /  March 11, 2014

      Thank you for your comment Ken. I appreciate you words about my poem.

  9. Timely, elegant, powerful, real, frightening but absolutely necessary! great job…

    • Cody McCullough

       /  March 11, 2014

      For some reason, frightening ideas just come to me naturally. At least now I have found a good use for them. Thank you for your comment.

  10. equinoxio21

     /  June 26, 2014

    Liked it again. “When the blond will see” is full of hope, though it reminds me of “when pigs will fly” or “quand les poules auront des dents”! (Please pardon my warped sense of humour, I do agree with you wholeheartedly!) Very good one! Thank you. ūüôā

    • Cody McCullough

       /  June 26, 2014

      No worries, about the warped sense of humor. I have one of those myself. It’s always good to hear from someone who thinks like me. Thank you for your comment.

      • equinoxio21

         /  June 27, 2014

        Actually, rereading my comment, there is a typo: blOnd instead of blInd! Hilarious!
        Ye be good naw!

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