1,000,000-Year Poem


Forget about aliens ripping holes in the ozone,

Superstorms wiping out Manhattan,

Giant termites eating the Eiffel Tower,

Santa Claus found drown at the North Pole,


Embodiments of public figures thought never having lived––

Railroad Bill, Handsome Molly.


Overcome citizens––

If they only knew the 1,000,000-year Poem was coming.

It was already unleashed,

More powerful than the 1,000,000-year flood,

The 1,000,000-year earthquake, 1,000,000-year volcano,

The 1,000,000-year plague, 1,000,000-year Depression,


The Loves & Hates of perfect imperfect love,

All swept away by the 1,000,000-year poem.



16 November 2012



[Published in The Groundless Ground: Poems 2010-2014.

© 2014 by Jim Cohn.]




The Groundless Ground: Poems 2010-2014
(MAP Publications, 2014)