even though it's all switched off, a constant hum

the world is finally ending and everyone is in the street fucking

and we cling to this awful rock while somewhere a wild dog rips a child

to pieces, its jaws locking together like lovers hands on a cold night as they

explore the cartography on their wrists, laughing at the idea they

will ever be old and spitting softly in aching, welcome mouths

the world is finally ending and everyone is in the street fucking,

a farewell sunset behind them and nothing ahead but the fire-black ribs

of their homes. the trees are burning like funeral pyres, the pine needles

crackle like a lonely radio. the roads are melting like hot tears

and the buildings are leering, beautiful.

◄ Azeotropic distillation

tanka for the nemophilia ►


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Martin Elder

Sun 10th Mar 2019 15:46

I absolutely love the line
'the roads are melting like hot tears'
wonderful poetry as always Stu

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Stu Buck

Sat 9th Mar 2019 15:07

i will hunt it down, thanks!

the new ricky gervais series on netflix looks at a similar thing. i havent seen it but heard good things

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Sat 9th Mar 2019 05:51

Yep Stu, have you seen the series Last man on Earth? It's a little silly, but the main character blows up huge yachts and trashes empty mansions because they hold no value with no one around to see them. Very interesting social commentary.

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Stu Buck

Sat 9th Mar 2019 04:46

thanks so much frances! i really appreciate it. how wonderful

thanks kate. yes, i agree! i have often wondered what i would do if i knew the world was ending. morbid but interesting!

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Sat 9th Mar 2019 04:09

Hi Stu, it would be ironic if we are fucking at the end of the world...one could argue that too much fucking and too many people brought us there. A great, thought provoking piece.

Frances Macaulay Forde

Sat 9th Mar 2019 03:49

Thanks Stu, just ordered your book.
Such an easy buy; Pay Pal available...
Now, I wonder how long it will take to get to Oz.

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Stu Buck

Fri 8th Mar 2019 14:47

also although i loathe self-publication it would be awfully remiss of me not to mention i have a new book out which you can buy here;


or from me directly if you DM/Email me.

it really is staggeringly adequate and its only a tenner with postage.

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Stu Buck

Thu 7th Mar 2019 16:33

cheers all. the fucking is, of course, optional.

the end of the world is not.

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Thu 7th Mar 2019 14:48

Apocalyptic beauty and horror go together with this Stu. I'm thinking of War of the Worlds, but at least with that there was a happy ending and a lesson learned. These dogs are like originals, not the pampered pooches we see in peacetime. That crackling simile is just great!

Nice to see full on Stu.

Frances Macaulay Forde

Thu 7th Mar 2019 10:50

Reminds me of a recent and surprising movie, produced locally about the end of the world: "These Final Hours" https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2268458/
It was excellent.


Thu 7th Mar 2019 10:16

The fiery images are stunning and beautiful in spite of the destruction they convey--I'm not quite sure as to how to explain what the connection might be, but I'm getting flashes of Donnie Darko.


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Hazel ettridge

Thu 7th Mar 2019 08:21

Stu, I wont be fucking - I'll be eating pie! However, point taken with a passion.

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