the old certainties

the old certainties
are gone

truth, justice & democracy
are smudged
beyond recognition

must it/can it be,
that humankind are
of reaching towards,
let alone loving
each other?

do their hearts
only beat to the rhythms
of war, their eyes
blind with hate?
or worse,

does the ascendancy
of heaven require
the annihilation,
the sacrifice
of earth?