Work & Housing The Socialist - Short Circuit Rearrangement

Published on February 4th, 2015 | by Walter Beck

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Short Circuiting Rearrangement

This used to be a forest And everything was free.
This used to be a forest And everything was free.

Where is the teenage Antichrist
Leading all the kids to hell?

Where are the anti-heroes of today?
Burning money,
Burning the chains that bind us all?

They’ve all been put on the rack;
Available this week, 30% off!

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.

Our flesh is melting,
Smelting into iron and steel.
Clanging hammers
Drowning out our screams.

My family is dying.
Please, I just want one last goodbye!

Fill out this form in triplicate;
You’ll get your goodbye
If the supervisor stamps these forms.

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.

I wanted cheer and innocence again,
Just one whiff across the frozen pavement.

Instead
I’m chained to 6,000 machines.

I see glimpses of wedding announcements
And digital family pictures
Flashing idly by;

Shooters growing dusty,
Bright red orchids at the neck.

I tell an old friend I’m going sideways.
He just replies “huh?”

This used to be a forest
And everything was free.


About the Author

is a poet, queer gonzo journalist, activist, and performer from Avon, IN. His poetry has been featured in numerous rags, mags, and journals, including Assaracus, BURNER, Yes Poetry, Allusions, and many others. He currently works as a freelance writer for the LGBT Pink Panthers Movement and also freelances articles for the Greater Indianapolis Socialist Party. You can find him on Facebook.



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