Survivors of the last war were gathered in a small circle to discuss their luck. Each argued his or her case. Each claimed to be innocent victims of an inevitable systemic breakdown, but bargained for their share of guilt. Each told their side of the story and was accused of lying to the others. Regretting the catastrophe, their common fate, each vowed to never let it happen again. So they drew straws to determine who would die next.

Excerpt from Light-Years in the Dark: StoryPoems (see more)

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