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Las Vegas

Goodbye, Las Vegas
By Tim Shey

“Unreal City,
Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,
A crowd flowed over London Bridge, so many,
I had not thought death had undone so many.”

“He who was living is now dead
We who were living are now dying”

“Falling towers
Jerusalem Athens Alexandria
Vienna London
Unreal”

—T.S. Eliot
“The Waste Land”

_____

Desert jackals
Run to their destruction
Hollow eyes see nothing
Behind shades of glass
Painted Jezebel faces
Unrecognized by man
Mourning becomes electric
As piercing city lights
Rape the virgin night

This place never sleeps
And never awakes from death
Black Jack table bait
Roll-the-dice breath
Throw your money down
This is casino heaven
Idolatry never felt so good

This harlot language doesn’t speak
Straw fires always burn fast
I see the Prophet Jeremiah weeping
Over a people brought down to bankruptcy
By a Queen, a King and three Aces

A hitchhiker wanders hardened streets
With his burden on his back
This is the heart of darkness
Lifeless buildings built with foolish gold

I see Sodom burning
And bodies turned to ash
They were very fluent
In arrogance, pride, adultery
And enviro-paganspeak

You have sold your soul to Satan
Do you remember Noah’s Flood?
The City of David was sacked by Romans
And America by Marxist-Darwin thugs

The Stranger leaves the graveyard
And the stench of Vegas Past
And hitches a ride to Barstow
Across the relentless Mohave
On Interstate Fifteen

Apocalypse Now
Las Vegas Earthquake
This is Sodom! This is Sodom!
Horrible Apocalyptic Dream I Had
The Death of Voltaire
‘London’ by William Blake
California:  The Great American Wasteland
The Nakedness of Noah

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10 responses to “Goodbye, Las Vegas

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  1. wow, very beautiful! Poor sheep, wicked and lost..

  2. Thank you, Yuliy. December of 2005 was the last time I hitchhiked through Las Vegas. I don’t think I will ever go back.

  3. You really do have a beautiful truth-revealing way with words…

  4. Thank you, Dunamis.

    Something very interesting happened yesterday or the day before. I turned on the TV and the film “Earthquake” (1974) starring Charlton Heston was playing. I only saw five or ten minutes of the film, but one scene was very significant. In the scene, there were these people in a movie theater when the earthquake hit Los Angeles. The film they were watching was “High Plains Drifter” (1973) starring Clint Eastwood. To me, the theme of the film “High Plains Drifter” is God’s judgment on the wicked town of Lago.

    I have a short story titled “High Plains Drifter”, I have a book titled “High Plains Drifter” and I have a blog titled “High Plains Drifter”. I believe the Lord had me watch that scene in “Earthquake” for a reason.

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