In this world, everything is dying.
With no hope left, people are trying
to improve on the ruin others made
to pay a price no one ever thought would have to be paid
to the broken world their lives are dignifying.
(Can I tell you about how this limerick doesn't scan at all? The book: so much better, and also, contains a logical plot, which this limerick definitely does not. Ball Peen Hammer; go read.)