I know history isn’t as cut and dry as the textbooks make it out to be. When I was in high school, I was taught that the Dark Ages began in 410 AD when the Visigoths sacked Rome. Today, many experts cite 476 AD as the beginning of the Dark Ages. Whichever date you want to believe, it’s important to know there were still plenty of geniuses around. It’s not like Math, Science, and the Arts ceased to exist in the 5th Century.
Still, there was a paradigm shift that took hold of Europe as Huns, Goths, Vandals, and Franks migrated in large numbers to construct permanent settlements in what had recently been Roman territory. The Christian church was fast becoming a far-reaching authority. Power plays and land grabs were disruptive to commerce, education, and agriculture.
It was the beginning of a tumultuous time, and today’s haiku attempts to capture the trepidation that must have swept across the continent as Western Civilization began to restructure itself in the absence of a central power. The haiku didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped, but it certainly was a challenging exercise in word economy. Questions, comments, and constructive criticism are always welcome.
Rome has been toppled,
ancient wisdom extinguished –
a veil of darkness