2071 - Big Brother watches from on high
2017 - year zero
They loaned to the poor, who cannot repay.
They stole from the old, who cannot recover.
They sold our future, for better or worse
and made our children pay.
They schooled arithmetic to be feared.
They tutored trust in suited men.
They taught the poor were lazy
and spawned the idle rich from their toil.
They took our precious things
and sold them cheap to fake friends.
They made money by printing money
and delayed the reckoning.
They funded phoney wars to turn our attention
whilst they picked our pockets
and allowed millions of strangers to die.
They brainwashed faith in impotent leaders
and privately castrated them.
Injustice washed away in blood.
Ours and theirs and the innocent.
Paradise from sacrifice.
A promised land from a land of empty promises.
2020 - tech
Tablet touchscreen tele-screens.
Knowing your location and when.
Centillion search engine
recording preferences and thoughts.
Predictive text correcting thought crime.
Trending counter revolutionary memes.
Finding patterns for state cauterisation.
2025 - ghost of O'Brian
When the oppressed grow numb to the pain
and are blind from where it comes
they no longer care.
Stale bread and brassy circuses are all they need
to ignore the strings and pulleys
and levers and trap doors
that control their free will.
Tyranny behind a closed curtain.
An illusion of prosperity and happiness.
If you want a vision of the present
imagine a boot stamping on a smiling face.
2037 - preface to the 20th year newspeak dictionary - inner party edition
Unlisting of ungood words complete ahead of the five year plan.
Archaic terms useful for thought correction:
"Overseas contingency operations"
"Enhanced interrogation techniques"
remain in the dictionary.
Their definitions unprinted.
Their meanings self evident
as defined by the party.
2054 - ministry of truth haikus
Eternal warfare's peacetime.
Control past, control future.
Two plus two is five.
2071 - nirvana
knowing their love is doomed.
They are the dead.
Sitting under curfewed stars.
Miniluv satellites twinkling as they fly past,
metallic eyes seeing everything.
They look up at the face of their leader
immortally blasted into the moon's surface
by atomics and thought criminals.
Reprogrammed to serve
then scattered in a vacuum graveyard,
buried in moon dust
The inner party's heavenly fortress
impregnable, unreachable, eternal.
Its chill moonlight casting shadows
against steel and concrete.
They hold hands for the last time.
Big Brother watching from on high.
And watching you.
"If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever" is the original quote from 1984
"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength" is the original quote from 1984
The book 1984 was so called because George Orwell wrote it in 1948 and simply switched the last two digits. In this poem I switched the last two digits of 2017 to make 2071
Tele-screens were the televisions in 1984 that were watching you
"They are the dead" is a twist of the original quote "we are the dead" said by both Winston and Julia just before they were arrested
"Doublethink" is the ability to hold contradictory beliefs
"Miniluv" is newspeak for ministry of love, where the thought police work
"Centillion" is 1 followed by 303 zeros. The centillion search engine is the party's replacement for google. Google was likewise named after a googol which is 1 followed by 100 zeros
"2 + 2 = 5" is an example of dogma that the party might state as fact in 1984
"Big Brother is watching you" is the slogan on propaganda posters in 1984
Written 3rd March 2017 - or year zero
Entry to "1984 or 2017" contest
Copyright © Mark Martin | Year Posted 2017
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