The tumult and the shouting dies—
The Captains and the Kings depart—
The last rays of 2010's sun on the Himalaya north of Kathmandu and an end to a tumultuous decade. Looking back on the decade brings to mind these lines by Kipling:
Far-called our navies melt away—
On dune and headland sinks the fire—
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
Will the 2001-2010 decade be considered as significant as the year 1979 in world history? Only time will tell.