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Friday, 10 July 2020

The Future We Must Mistrust Has Already Arrived

Phillip K. Dick was a difficult man,
he wrote dytopian science fiction
like nobody would believe,
he was prolific and he died young.

Disguised mistrust,
and ground that shifted
underneath people's feet,
were the major themes of his work.

Never was this more apparent
than with how little money he made
in his lifetime from his own work.
But all too after his death
many of those stories,
became the sources for films
which went on to dominate the culture.

The moral of this blog
is that his tales of mistrust
through advanced technology
mistrusted their author
before becoming popular. 

Thursday, 9 July 2020

The New Hygienic History

In the recent riots across the 'developed' world
dumb statues were challenged at their plinths
because the figures on top of them
developed racist human rights
that benefited wealthy whites
over everything else in sight,
particularly the right to whitewash history.

There the protesters did not social distance,
but did cover their faces like many have done before
the less to be identified.
With all the rinse at their disposal
they washed their hands and minds
of other people's Historic Racism.

Not that it can't be reinvented.....

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Now Wash Your.......

Every time I see a hand sanitiser
at the entrance of a shop
I use it-why would I not?

Often a member of staff
stands the right social distance
from the hand sanitising dispenser,
lightly commending customers to use it.

Each time I see them I have the urge to ask
 'Do you have a mind sanitiser that works just as well too?'.

Such cheap sarcasm expresses my quiet dislike
of how the act of buying food has become a duty
much more than the choice, the pleasure,
and the 'freedom' it once was, B.C. (before Covid).   

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Beware Of Labels

I know that humans come in many colours.
I am not at all sure all humans are organic.
I worry about the more obviously synthetic ones....  

Monday, 6 July 2020

Another Country

Nostalgia is the Stockholm Syndrome
for the elderly and infirm
that locks them into the past
and out of the present.

There fading memories combine
with faint hopes in the present
which together lead
to the place of no return.    

Sunday, 5 July 2020

Cruelty Without Beauty

Education is what educates people,
for both good and for ill.

Statues may presume to teach
but they are the dumb insolence,
of the hyper-wealthy victors
making figureheads for history
out of their antecedents
to make lies of history
where who gained the most
did so by telling the biggest lies.

In this narrative 99.99 % of people were ignored
and their lives cruelly shortened
for the beauty of those who knew the cruelty
with which their wealth was achieved.

When the statues to slave owners are so quiet,
the silence helps hides their shame better.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Misanthropy Inc

Good manners make good neighbours.

The further from each other
we are when we perform them,
the more sustainable
our good manners appear to become.