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Failed States

You begged and begged

and now you're ever in their debt -

they'll stretch a net the size of the IMF

to dress your nakedness; then you're fucked

with a corrupt infrastructure.


Your coping mechanisms will fracture,

a cheap contractor will copy and paste

your face into a pastiche simulacrum;

the tic and spasm you call culture

will not feature in the sculpture any more.


The bitter pills they'll make you take

will only constipate - you'll look much fatter.

Still you won't feel full, there'll be a pull

on your tongue, a hunger for the butt-ends

you scrape out of the gutter just to suck on.


You'll need a stick to help you shuffle

to The Shock Therapy Suite

where tourists pay to tap along

to the rhythm of your feet

before you go under.


The rest I don't remember.

◄ Stuffed

Kosher ►


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Tom Harding

Sun 30th Jan 2011 22:21

nice, solid and violent. good message too. Clever use of rhyme. I should think would read aloud well.

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Greg Freeman

Sun 30th Jan 2011 15:28

Good one, Ray. Always a challenge to end a line with the word "infrastructure"! Wondered if you might end the sculpture line with the word "longer" instead of "more". But is that still grammatical? I should know. Great final line, too

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melanie coady

Sun 30th Jan 2011 15:25

couldnt have put it better,i really like it

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