Had enough of nothing
and now it feels real.
You want to know how I feel
after six decades on earth
in a fifteen minute interview
about so many things
I know less than nothing about.
Death for example.
Or poetry life art suffering love
what it means to be a human
or who I am in all of this turmoil of being
that just seems to exist to exist
as everything eats to live to be hungry.
Are you a cannibal
if you eat your own body like life does?
Is it so hard to understand the death of children
when we squander so much on war
all over the planet
laying waste to our own womb
as if we were not born of woman?
Had enough of inconceivable suffering
being paged through like the news
and the horrors ending in the bathetic drivel
of pundits expressing their views
about things they know about
and do nothing
as I go about my daily business
feeling like a hypocrite in everything I do
because I know I could do more and haven’t
and probably won’t.
Had enough of watching the injustice of power
bleach the bloodstains out of its lily-white image
like snow on dogshit.
Like a Nazi investigation of atrocity.
Had enough of feeling guilty about the truth.
The few are always dying one by one
in the name of the many who don’t exist.
Had enough of compassion turning its open hand
into a fist
with savage indignation
at what it witnesses everyday
as the human condition.
One lie for all
in a voting booth
that takes a poll of the truth
it’s running against like a rumour
isn’t enough of a right
to guarantee our freedom from delusion.
Symbiosis is not the same as political collusion
and three mutants with a staff of spin-doctors
talking like weathervanes
trying to anticipate
the popular course of evolution
by running God against a monkey in a primary
on the creationist platform of an antedeluvian textbook
to appease the simians descended from man
with a more exalted outlook
on how they began
isn’t the stem-cell
of a new myth of origin
we can all agree upon
like the fossil of a face with a grin
up for re-election.
against unnatural selection.
Sometimes life rolls the genetic dice
looking to change her luck
and everything comes out snake-eyes.