War: The Falconer Cannot Hear the Falconer

Sabrina Vallis
2 min readFeb 10, 2024

Things fall apart.

The falcon cannot hear the falconer
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Turning and turning in the twisting gyre the falconer cannot hear the falconer, Yeats

Things fall apart and they fall apart so quickly and so soon.

The King is ill.

Putin denies potentions on Poland or maybe I should call them Putentions. Make no mistake, we are puppets on a string.

Do you want my credentials, I was a war analyst in the 1980s and as the world turned 1990 I saw it crumble.

You see I analysed the “risk” for war in regions, I also saw gold, a whole vault of it.

My job for a week was to open the vault, under the streets of London, with an 8 digit code.

8 is an interesting number in terms of memory; most people can remember 3–7.

This opening of the vault occurred at dawn and dusk but you were on permanent duty. If the bank called, you jumped.

The eight digit number echoes in my memory; I did vault duty twice.

Why? I could remember the numbers.

Clue: You couldn’t write them down.

And now my nights are punctuated by numbers, and alarms and fear.

Why? Because this year or next year, we shall go to war. The jungle drums are beating.

The numbers add up you see, double or triple dip in the economy, a war becomes beneficial, wars pay.

And that is why as a risk analyst, I say war is on the horizon.

Oh, and the gold? It leaves you cold. Is that what men fight for?

The point of money is long lost in the gyre, war is necessary for those who are the falconers.

You see, we cannot hear.

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”

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Sabrina Vallis

Sobriety writer. NLP Master Practitioner and Nutritionist. Current research: Addiction and the Brain: Ways to Heal. Neuroscience helps us quit.