. America’s Most Mysterious Monument The first of the anonymously funded Georgia Guidestone’s guidelines: “Maintain humanity under 500,000,000” “The world population is over 8,000 million. According to the Georgia Guidestones, this figure needs to be reduced to 500 million. In other words, the population needs to be reduced by 95%---15 of every 16 people are marked for death. If you ignore this warning, you’re whistling past the graveyard.” ---Mike Bryant. We’ve witnessed many monuments pulled down--- These desecrated relics of the past Have littered streets in every torn-down town To whoops of victory from mouths that cast Our history to the gaping jaws of hell. We’ve heard protesters roar their peaceful yell. Today The Georgia Guidestones felt a blow--- A blast that blew the granite from its spot And dashed grim words to rubble--- words that show The Reaper with his scythe is hot to trot And trim the population down to size--- A monolithic vision from the wise. Who are these sages waging war on breath? Should anyone play God with people’s lives? Who is the scribe who’s recommending death? Who’s honoring these words and honing knives? I have my thoughts for what my thoughts are worth--- This bombshell answer didn’t come from Earth. . . Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.