August 13

In our defense, we thought
It would last forever
If you had been there you would too
Imagine the sky dark for ours
    as they flew past and seas
Inhabited by so many they
    could be plucked out with your bare hands
Intelligence, maybe, should have
    guided our actions, but our
Instinct was to gorge,
    to feast beyond our capacity
    to burst at our own seams
Impossible was it to
Impress on ourselves
    tomorrow would someday be
Impatience, that is our
    greatest virtue and our fatal
    flaw. We now face death because
    we are so skilled at
Ignoring the lessons of those who came before


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