Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Repeat After Me

Repeat after me:

The market is free 
(but its goods are not.)
The press is free
(but its readers are not.)
Enslavement is free
(but freedom is not.)
Language is free
(but speech is not.)
Death is free
(but life is not.)

Repeat after me --
            Once more --
                    Without feeling.


The following piece has been summarily edited.
How, where and why these edits took place
It does not behove Whitehall to say,
Save that as long as certain cells persist
In their delusional notions of truth
Word-bans will always be brought into force,
Word-disseminators always presented at court.
This in accordance with Clause 444.

Crimson Shoes

A spectre is haunting Europe - the spectre of nationalism:
Painted poltergeist prancing to a bombast's tune,
It's a mocked-up mockery, an am-dram totem.
If Satan showed up, it'd surely demote him.
For hours each day, the fools bow and pray -
In place of churches they constructed casinos
And shopping malls. Et in arcadès ego.
These establishments offer most peculiar prizes
In England's name, and all such names.
The slot machines rest upon axles and stilts
Which keep them amply raised above the tide
Of blood. Otherwise they'd need to keep glancing down,
These merrymaking gamesters, these jokers, these clowns,
And then where would they be? Down a few pounds.