Final Sentinel

…this piece is in response to the 20th prompt of 2010 on Writer’s Island,
prompt #232 at Sunday Scribblings,
and prompt #133 at One Single Impression




Final Sentinel

•

I watched
as generations
moved forward
as civilization
painstakingly
progressed
set foothold
knowledge
unfolded
slowly

I observed
the millenniums
of human endeavor
as they awakened
to self-reliance
less dependent
on hive mentality
mastering machines
eliminating conflict
striving for truth
ever evolving

I saw
nature
the world
reshaped
tempered
resilient

proud
I stand tall
thrust skyward
closer to heaven
than any living thing
a perpetual presence
the constant sentinel
a witness to triumph

would
that all that
were true

I watched helplessly
as generations receded
as empires crumbled
greed ran rampant
wisdom ebbed
civilization
imploded

I observed
millenniums
of human folly
misguided logic
flawed reasoning
as they flailed
stumbling
to a cold
isolated
world

disconnected

from one another
from the environment
serving their machines
serving their avarice
perfecting violence
racing to ruination
becoming aliens
in a mad eden
disillusioned
depraved
diseased

until
they were
no more

I watched through tears
as the natural world
slowly declined
diminished
withered
scarred
died

putrid
toxic air
permeates
burnt terrain
to far horizons
and now I stand
thrusting skyward
in this decaying hell
praying for a heaven
the only living thing
the pitiful survivor
the final sentinel
time’s witness
to tragedy
watching
the end

• • •

rob kistner © 2010


16 thoughts on “Final Sentinel”

  1. The poem structure is really great :3 so much thoughts and feelings within it 🙂 I sometimes do think about these things yet there isn’t seems to be changes and we can only hope for the better in the future, but the end is coming somehow…Thank for sharing^^~

  2. What a poignant piece here….civilization has created so many problems and issues in this world. In serving machines, technology, and progress, we have forgotten the power of love and humanity. I really enjoyed your poem Rob.

    1. I appreciate your kind and thoughtful words Katina — and yes, we are becoming more and more isolated and impersonal in today’s world, less responsible for who we are, and how we impact our brothers and sisters in the human family…

      …rob

  3. Redwoods are so majestic they truly are the final sentinel. Your poem was as lovely top read as it was to see the shapes form as I went along, thank you for the experience.

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