The New Dark Age by Daniel Black

The new dark age is almost here,

It waits around the corner clear

As day, and dark as blackest night,

A new dark age devoid of light.

An ark of ignorance and fear,

The new dark age is almost here.


The new dark age is almost here,

I feel its shadow passing near,

It whispers that our children’s fate,

Will be that they were born too late.

Now they must suffer for our sins,

And witness how their end begins,

Now month by month, and year by year,

The new dark age is almost here.


The new dark age is almost here,

Be quiet and listen, and you’ll hear

Our planet trying to take the strain,

As seven billion stake their claim.

It will survive, that much is clear,

But we will not, we’ll disappear,

Like scum that washes down the drain,

We’ll go; our planet will remain.


The new dark age is almost here,

The end of all we hold as dear,

Consumed by those who live for gain,

And will not shed a single tear.

I’ll make the proposition plain,

I see a world convulsed in pain,

Destroyed by want and greed and fear,

The new dark age is almost here.

Her Story by Daniel Black

Mankind isn’t kind,

Might womankind be kinder,

If all her kind were not confined,

To where history assigned her?

His story is episteme,*

But will her story ever be?

History’s not Herstory;

Her story’s still

A mystery… 


* Episteme: ‘The body of ideas that determine intellectually certain knowledge at any particular time’. Source: Visual Thesaurus 3.1, ThinkMap Inc, 2005.

Mankind & Humanity by Daniel Black

Let all our history rewind,

And what we generally find is:

Though not intrinsically inclined,

Still man is cruel, and not mankind.


So much to lose, so much to gain,

If only humans were humane.

Without the slaughter and the slain,

Without the pogroms programmed pain

And all mans weeping blood-soaked stain…

If only humans were humane.


No need for sacred or profane,

Invented only to enchain,

To hold, control, to preordain,

To regulate, conform, constrain,

No sin, no kin’s eternal shame,

No need for guilt, nor greed insane…

If only humans were humane.


We cannot now, be born again,

But if we hold our pride to deign,

To find the will and heart to fain

All that we could, in truth attain:

We might not all have lived in vain.

So say it unadorned and plain,

Though we are Abel to raise Cain;

If mankind is to yet remain…

Humanity must turn humane.