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.
Words twirled like sugar cubes
by silver spoons
into porcelain cups are not enough.
Images are different.
With careful consideration
they will change the world,
or else become exhibitions
to be sold & then interpolated
into the process of rebellion:
no longer threatening to the system.
We drown in noise, suffocated by information.
& one more beer, one more smoke,
just one last line of coke;
desperate times & desperate measures,
insanity as a reflex against insanity;
of clichés & new prescriptions
for yet more medication. Don’t question
the efficacy, or the necessity or
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
which is to say,
it changes your perspective;
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 become as tacky as a pearl necklace,
draped around the neck.
So now, of course, we want not just answers
different desperate measures,
a new insanity
to replace the one you gave us.
Don’t think that we lack the courage needed:
we know what must be done,
we just don’t know how to do it…
They say that thinking of these things
will only make matters worse;
those of us for whom the drugs don’t work are told
to focus on the small things
& ignore the dying world,
drowning us all.
crouch down to a round, purple flower,
notice the green-tipped wing of a butterfly
Reach for the phone as a reflex
to take a photograph, &
watch as the butterfly flickers away…