Geeks vs Genius

While Westinghouse and Edison grew rich
on patents, poor Nicola dug a ditch.
Though Tesla's AC broke the grip of night,
and his electric motor gave the force
to revolutionize the plodding plight
of men, he died obscure and destitute.
Few monuments describe him as the source
in whom the modern age beholds its root.
By contrast, his diplomaed modern heirs
still rant about which side the poop comes out.
Between their wars and egocentric prayers
most don't possess a clue what life's about.
If Scripture were a ladder out of time.
the geeks would worship it, but none would climb.