Poetry – Laughter as the ship goes down – a poem of despair

Poetry – Laughter as the ship goes down – a poem of despair

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Laughter as the ship goes down

 

If you want to be popular you produce fun things for people to read and avoid anything with gravity. If you want to attract a following you avoid all subjects that can cause division or distress. No mention of death, politics, war, environmental destruction or social conditions. No hint of trouble in paradise.

You keep things uncontentious.

We can produce nice humour-filled pieces of fun.

We can report on entertaining films and books.

We can write about everyday life.

We can do safe fashion and style, or perhaps cookery and meals.

We can write about inconsequential trivia and pop culture.

 

Meanwhile, just over the hill, they are strip-mining the wilderness, pouring effluent into the river, skinning dogs alive, bombing hospitals, burning people in cages, indoctrinating children to hate, poaching elephants and rhinos, slaughtering chimps, producing more children than can be kept alive, playing in sewage, dying in droves and filling the torture chambers.

 

But I see that Doom has just been released on PlayStation.

 

Laughter as the ship goes down

 

Laughter

As the ship goes down;

Entertainment

To distract.

No need for thought

As everyday

We pay

Our income tax.

 

As forests burn;

Flesh fries;

Guns crash

And creatures die.

 

The chauffeur

Is greed.

The mantra

Is fun.

 

As long as we are Ok

For now

There is no need to fear.

Everything is alright

In Eden

Isn’t it?

 

There is nothing we can do;

Nothing we can say.

So let the avaricious fools

Get on with it

As we play the day away.

 

Opher – 9.5.2016

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