the hard skin of the pangolin
the quiet strum of the mandolin
the rhyme, lilting, from time to time
replaced by prose, line by soulless line
the discipline within the schools
a youth that know the law, so long before
the wrong from right, destined surely,
their lives upon the walls, scrawled in colour
the fish that used to plough this stream
now thick with slimy sticky stench,
that greased the gears in factories, echo
their purpose long forgotten
the odd looking man, who’d rant and rave
complained this world’s an early grave, and waits
to suck the you, the me, and him, he’s dead.
Instead our handsome men, more polished
stand, stare and talk as prompted, as those
that hold their strings, whose tune they dance,
with guile, guide
the worst, the best?
I’ve lost the which, the why the will
to live this way, I’m off, hand back my debts
to the banks, no thanks, they’re yours to hold,
all money is theft, or property, perhaps?
the solution, confused? dust off those sandals,
wear that crazy shirt again, live somewhere loose,
remote like a cave, no bats, just relax
with a view of the sea, and warm, maybe,
a picture on the wall, fading, a family
to remind me how it used to be…
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