Expensive mistakes made to wait
for the cancelled screening of lost futures.
just watch the trailer;
a sentence cut short for bad behaviour,
particular particulates chosen
for both air & water.
Which method of suicide would you like?
No need for haste,
we have a decade to waste first,
the decision has already been made.
Desperate times & desperate measures,
insanity as reflex against insanity;
of clichés & new prescriptions
for yet more medication.
the efficacy, or the necessity
or the cause,
just take what you're given & be grateful
someone is pretending to listen.
This is how our problems are solved now…
Pull out the roots & the flower wont grow,
just like weeds won't;
weeds to be as beautiful as flowers,
is to consider the power of words
to change the world.
To hold contradictory thoughts,
is to survive
& thrive, like weeds & not flowers.
To speak of flowers is to dissapear
into the ideas of others but this
is consistent with the insistence that
nothing is new
until it's too late:
words no longer matter on the page.
Now only screens change the world
& dreams are as useless as a pearl necklace,
draped around the neck.
Those of us for whom the drugs don't work
are told to focus
on the small things
& ignore the world dying
all around us.
crouch down to a round, purple flower,
notice the green-tipped wing of a butterfly
Reach for the phone as reflex
to take a photograph,
& watch as