Meru to Mordor: A Poetic Consideration of the Deep State

We stand before You,
Great Mountain of the State
– who breaks the clouds
and causes rain to fall –
wondering
whether to call you
Meru or Mordor,
Olympus*
or
Doom

Regarding Olympus, it is worth remembering that supposedly Greek innovation, whereby the divine beings were made more like humans, with the passions of individual will, held only to account by the preponderating will of Zeus, proof against even the combined mass of all the rest.

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