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This town, this Silk Road had no toll to pay
yet from the east caravans again fill its
pharaonic marble and glass temples. Monolith
malls rise its clefts; eco-wilderness morph
into multiplex cinemas; mini golf
and carparks - the 20th Century gold fields.
A new rush of debit credit borrow sorrow
where the mortgage belt go to covet,
to con themselves - live beyond their means.
Here the sweatshops of Asia are legitimised
and exploitation of trafficked slave,
child, immigrant and asylum seeker for sale.
Here the suffering of others is repackaged,
bulk sold, discounted - a great lie
perpetrated on human aspiration! Seven billion
sins for a spoil and a ransom in higher income
streams of consciousness while our mills,
our plants, our factories are rusting graveyards.
Showrooms fill with pizza ovens; microwaves;
big screen TVs; IKEA; nouveau riche kitsch;
supermarkets of genetically modified superfoods
nuked in cryogel flavour enhancers; sweeteners;
emulsifiers; stabilizers; MSG; palm oil
and sodium nitrate for the poison addicts
of convenience - a fill that knows no limits.
And saints of haute cuture bow down
before the anorexic altar of the Fatted Calf,
to the guilt offerings of culture spin. Already
the subliminal wave is a raging tsunami,
and we a ship of fools on the rising tide blown
on a contrary wind. I fear my quiet desperation -
the cold ironies of fate; spiritual paralysis;
I fear for the blitzkrieg's raw collateral damage...
the billboards; vandals of corporate graffiti;
drive thrus of Americana; that uglified
futuristic aesthetic of mirrors; urban obscenity;
high towers of critical mass; death of community.
I fear the currency of naked ideology;
of usury where the end justifies the means;
the black dawn into planned obsolescence
where ravenous jackals and wolves feed
on the carcass of idyll idealism...of mythology!
And whores of dystopia; pimps; moneylenders;
oracles of the grand evangelical sell who
prey on confessions! I fear lepers walking its streets;
human languish and loss; mad scientologists
at my gate and the cults of hysteria
dividing God from Godless; dark from light.
What now of my chimera? What of my anti-hero
anachronisms? Sadly one day I must leave
but today I write my rant. Listen! This town,
this pastoral lay has become to my ear an echo
dumb of sound - to my youth's wistful eye
a place and past of no return...a time that was!
Copyright © Keith Trestrail | Year Posted 2014
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