My Most Grievous Fault

At her funeral little was spoken but, “She was like many leaders, so self-fulfilling as if they were their own prophecies.” They learned not to romanticize or euphemize her legacy, which turned out “the best thing about her legacy,” their children would say years later. The youngest ones wouldn’t even remember the pivotal day their predecessors stopped deceiving themselves in the whirlwind of matter and things that don’t. When their own leaders stopped progressing time forward and began following light deep.

Her name: America

On the coroner’s certificate:
Death by Contemporary Civilization

Tattooed across her chest, “Mea Culpa

©2017, Amaya Engleking

Image Credit: Bobicus via Flickr



  1. Gospel Isosceles · June 15, 2017

    Therefore I ask the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, all the angels and the saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God. Amen

  2. Visionariekind · June 15, 2017

    Amen -powerful

  3. Gospel Isosceles · July 11, 2017

    [Regarding the Ukrainian who responds, “The American military is the world’s only hope”, and who challenges me to name a better country]:

    I’m not tempted to name a place on earth. I clearly am no statist and don’t buy into молоко и мед (‘milk and honey’) propaganda. Certainly there is sprinkled some good among the atrocities committed by all major world powers. (Yay American highway system! How I wish I could direct most of my tax dollars to this.) Unfortunately, more than half–and rising–of all income tax will go to the supposed “defense” dept. that plays war like a video game and sees humans as either collateral or investment. There is a better way to measure value.

    I’m not asking much from America. Just a change of heart.

  4. pvcann · January 5

    I’m for the universe, and nations be damned. what a great piece.

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