Loss, the Cross, and the “Lord of the Flies”



Rational thought: Piggy with “flashing glasses”
brought by “flashing-eyed” Athena.
The release of Promethean fire,
isolation from modernity: the adolescents.

Savagery at the core of humanity
against the impetus forward into day–
the rapid fall toward the void
— marooned boys:

quick dissolution of order. Ralph sheds his clothes
in the sunrays. Clothing marks walls;
the conch calls—the ocean lost.
Jack [the unbridled force] controls troops:
jackboots against the sun.

Simon sees the Beast coming. Crucifixion.
The feast of the hunt; pig becomes
the Lord of the Flies: Beelzebub.
The tribal drumming swells


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