“Sovereignty passes from nation to nation
on account of injustice and insolence and wealth.”
Israel was among the first to taste
Of insolence and power’s vitriol,
When for its sins the Babylonians
Sent its people into Sheol.
The age of Pericles witnessed
How wealth and hubris take their toll,
When Socrates lost his life
And Athens lost its soul.
Rome, France, and Germany in turn
Presumed that each was in control,
But found they were merely actors
In history’s Grand Guignol.
And now it seems America
Is destined to play this role,
Where so many are blind to the notion
One’s might can lead to one’s fall.