You can be murdered anywhere, but
you’ll always die in Congress or in Parliament.
From a lack of care or indifference
to what’s said and done by everyone expecting
salvation be a ladder to Paradise, until
the stairs to another life declining repair
prove they lead nowhere but upside down.
Change will come eventually you think,
forgetting the war ongoing in everything
where slaughter is observed religiously,
statistics carved in counterfeit
register complaint surreptitiously proud.
To serve the perverted ego’s lazy appetite
for the curve of constancy, no matter what
it takes to frame familiar certainty:
mistaken for the truth still boasting loudly
for release from the cage of incessant proof.
In our recalcitrant lives something despairs,
training us for extinction as the prize.
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The anhedonics* have it; more pills,
loveless sex, booze and cash, all
forms of coping with the modern world.
Or athletics, politics, religion –
each interchangeable and dependent
upon the credulity of homo sapiens.
Enter the delusion of impending fame,
no less than cosmic significance, and
don’t forget the neighbors’ good opinion.
All this plus an ability to command
weather by temperament, along with
the omnipotent faculty of being bland.
Fueled by money and growing sophistication,
as the level of education sinks:
the picture of a people who cannot think.
*Anhedonia: Loss of the capacity to experience pleasure. The inability to gain pleasure from normally pleasurable experiences. Anhedonia is a core clinical feature of depression, schizophrenia, and some other mental illnesses.
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