The Nine Billion Names of Man
by David Adès
A clock ticks over, number after number.
The number rises.
in times of epidemics, catastrophes,
the number rises,
coastal plains, forests, mountains, deserts,
rivulets pouring in every direction,
releasing viruses, changing landscape.
Another is born and named
and another, and another,
until the swell inundates.
One by one in the monasteries
the lights go out.
Copyright © 2016 by David Adès