Beyond the castle walls the kingdom flourishes,
while old Quixote simmers within, no freedom
to seek out maidens or threaten windmills
with his lance. Even Sancho, a redundant serf,
has given up, his pot belly ever swelling
with undigested food and unspoken proverbs.
Inside the castle, the air stagnates with heroes’
breath, while outside nature flourishes.
Kim M. Russell, 6th May 2020
My response to the earthweal weekly challenge: Modernity’s Hero Quest
This week Brendan writes about beautiful weather and the confusing behaviour of both pandemic and human, neither of which behaves as it should, with equally confusing information from the media – and the desire to name an antagonist.
The weekly challenge is a tricky one: If you could speak for a global persona—modernity as hero—what would his/her task be in this changed new world, the travel and trials, the treasure and its rewards? Have pandemic and climate change turned the kingdom into a wasteland, if so, what is it that can heal the aging king/queen and restore the land to vitality?