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In the lexicon of iconic images that define a very complex and specific set of emotions and logical argument  Black Rain lies there as the most subtle of thoughts. Taken from the movie of the same name, it refers to the reason given by the Japanese mob boss when asked why he hated the Americans and all they stood for and why he made it his raison d’etre for making revenge against them his life’s work.

In the movie he describes his experience as a child, when, after surviving the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, he watched the cinders of a quarter of a million people fall in the form of black rain. “You made the rain black.”

That is to say, you have committed a sin so heinous that it has put you on the list. The unforgivable list. Not even god can forgive you. That kind of sin.

To call it hatred is a pale comparison. Extreme antipathy? An all consuming aversion? Loathing and disgust?  Hostile enmity?

When I say you have made the rain black, it means I hold a total, complete, irreconcilable loathing for you that splits apart the my connections to the hive mind and cuts off the part that hides you.

Hatred gone cold and hard and black.

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there are places one should fear to tread

places where the death of a thing has soaked into all the spaces between neutrons, protons and electrons

where the air and the soil and the light tastes of that life, of its decline and its passing through the Veil

there is a ghost in Mars

a ghost that remembers running water and green expanses

and life, abundant and diverse as anything Earth has ever laid claim to

we disturb its peace and invite the attention of the dead

just as surely as if we were to open a tomb and disinter the mummies within

defiling their sacred sleep with our cameras and our x-ray machines

and our MRI imagers.

this is no benign ghost, oh, no

this is a ghost who covets its solitude

who embraces the totality of silence

who wears its memories like a dark cloak

and despises all things Earthly and human

finding our attempts to seize its planet and make it our own intrusive and despicable

we tread on dangerous ground

placing robots on Mars

and yet we learn nothing

Is Mars any different from Earth?

Once they were the same

Yet Mars has been laid bare to the ravages of the solar winds

its oceans and its atmosphere blown into space

while we remain hidden and protected by the sentient energy system that abides in the heart of our planet

all the while treading upon the very thing that grants us life.

we are destroying the life force of this planet,

one bit at a time.

on some level we know this

but toxic logic lays the blame on the symptoms, not the illness.

it is not the things you do but the things you believe that burn away the life-force of the planet

do you breed hatred and divisiveness in your hearts?

do you enslave and degrade other living things?

are your children tortured and ignorant?

this is acid upon the flesh of your Mother

drip by drip, you sterilize the Earth down to bare stone

with every life lived in utter despair and each agonizing death

it leaves its stink upon a place

seeping into the stones and rising up like a miasma

to fill the noses of the unwary, the unconscious living

who stumble about thinking ghostly thoughts

of revenge and retribution

there is only one Earth Spirit.

where will you go when you have killed her off

and the winds of the sun begin drying up the oceans and sucking the air from your lungs?

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