The Way of the Scallywag

There is a law that pertains to everything
and to everything there is a law
whether it is a thing set by nature
and is for its own part self-evident
or instead brought forth by a man or men unknown
and put upon us for our own good or theirs.

Nature says that the bee shall sting
for its own protection
and the mountains shall fall over time
as a reminder that to all things
only impermanence is ever given.

Man says there shall be rules
which shall be codified on paper or stone
and will cause punishment when unobserved
as a caution to others who might themselves so consider.

He that is in the debt of sleep
will die for the want of it
and he that will drown
will do so be he rich or poor
But he that is poor
may be caused to drown against his will
and at the want of others
for the good of all as an example
or so they will say.

Laws will be posted
on doors and on the foreheads of the unaware
who will walk with a vacant look
that by its appearance will cause others
to keep away and cause children to run
for these are understandings that even by the very young
must be understood for the good of all
or so it will be said.

There will be times of change
and even uncertainty where that which is true
is then said not to be true and that which was reviled
must now be embraced but there will always be
the law.

And it will come at times to some men
that these laws appear not to be designed
for their best common interest
and they will if not rise against them
at least put forth the thought
that others might also so consider
but these men more than any others
will find the consequences of their questioning
unpleasant and likely quick to fall upon them
unless in an occasional turn of time
they are proven not only right
but lucky in circumstance and then
be borne aloft and given their own pen
to write laws to their liking
an activity it is not certain
they are well-suited for
but still.

Throughout out all of this
throughout all of history as we know and count it
nature watches indifferently
for while we at some junctures talk of caring for nature
nature does not care.

Nature thinks not of the unjustly executed
the cruelty of famine or the rape-seed that dies in the field.
The wind does not whisper nor do the seas conspire
the galaxy does not ponder nor do the stars look up or down
or even much roundabout
despite our hoping
for hope is but a construct of the scallywag
and we are all scallywags and always have been
and will be and must be
for to be so is our nature.

 

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