WIYIM CHANT

What Is Yours Is Mine

▫️WIYIM is pronounced "whim"▫️

Introduction

 

WIYIM CHANT was inspired by five main thoughts:

 

Firstly, The Allegory of Plato’s Cave. If you are unfamiliar with the Allegory of Plato’s Cave you will find an excellent summary at:

Anam Lodhi @ Thoughts and Ideas

 

Secondly, German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s proposition that our world is “the best of all possible worlds”.

 

Thirdly, Voltaire’s satirical refutation of Leibniz’s belief is seen through the actions of Pangloss in Candide.

 

Fourthly, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”, the intro to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, which suggests a world of radical opposites existing contemporaneously.

 

Fifthly, Bernard Malamud’s quote from his 1963 novel Dubin’s Lives: “If your train’s on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.”

 

 WIYIM CHANT (What Is Yours Is Mine) was a  project conceived, developed, and employed as a background audio chant supporting one of my sculpture installations. I chose the concept of our being primates as the basis for creating a whimsical repetitive droning rhyming sequence.

 

The theme explores the fragile state of a 21st century civilisation less than adequately undertaking its responsibilities as a global guardian, competently and compassionately overseeing the welfare of this planet and all its living organisms.


In Plato's cave we congregate

content to be the top primate.

Our own self-worth we overstate.

In light of day, we're not so great.


Copyright © Charles Rocco 2022

 

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Part 1: Fundamentals

000 Prolifex (reproduction)

049 Progeny (offspring)

105 Insides Out (ingesting)

141 Tents and Temples (shelter)

213 Mammon's Mantra

 

Part 2: Infrastructures

241 Leaden Leaders (governance)

281 Applied Energy (work)

325 Mediacrity (the media)

413 In Practice (law and order)

 

Part 3: Global Interaction

461 Planet Plunder (environment)

533 Ends to Means (global conflict)

 

Part 4: Transitions

613 Soul Salve (belief systems)

675 Curling Up (dying)

743 Candide's Lament

765 Step Out into the Light

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Part 1: Fundamentals

Prolifex (reproduction)

 

It’s in our genes to fornicate.

A pleasure we much advocate.

We have great need to illustrate

capacity to captivate.

004

 

Our aura we exaggerate

and private parts we depilate.

Ply creams so skin won’t corrugate

and blemishes don’t replicate.

008

 

Wield loofahs to exfoliate.

Add rich scents to infatuate.

With baubles bright that pendulate

in efforts to become ornate.

012

 

From heads protrude our ears lobate.

With pins and studs we can punctate.

Dangle earrings from orbs prolate.

The same both sides to counterweight.

016

 

And draped across our omoplate,

gold necklaces with charms lunate.

On fingers, stones of silicate

that jewellers facet and serrate.

020

 

Wristlets the size of a vamplate

enhance the task to self-decorate.

To bed we go with lustful gait.

We're ready now to titillate.

024

 

We pucker up and osculate,

agreeing to inseminate.

Fast comes the time to penetrate.

We clinch secure and consummate.

028

 

When swimming sperm capacitate

the female seed can germinate.

A nine-month sentence to gestate

in warm dark caves that incubate.

032

 

The bulging tummy we palpate

and feel a being palpitate.

The swollen breasts start to lactate.

New life begins to maturate

036

 

With great success we procreate.

Hold lovingly our neonate

and back slap to congratulate

the ease with which we propagate.

040

 

Though if we’re gay instead of straight

or just prefer to masturbate,

men can their penis elongate

and harmlessly ejaculate.

044

 

Or women can the hips gyrate

and with a dildo self-vibrate.

Then sperm and eggs stay inchoate

and children don’t proliferate.

048


Progeny (offspring)

 

Us kids that do eventuate

wave chubby fingers digitate.

Our little feet folks titivate.

We squirm and squeal and cachinnate.

052

 

Our parents note each unique trait

and each one they enumerate.

Our comfort they facilitate.

Their lives to us they dedicate.

056

 

Our first names we abbreviate.

For Katerina call me Kate,

Ignatius is condensed to Nate

or Iggy should you be a mate.

060

 

Our birth records they laminate.

Our nurseries they constellate.

Against most germs they vaccinate.

They’re thorough to inoculate.

064

 

We each become a state inmate.

We’re sent to schools that educate,

though some would say indoctrinate,

and with peers we confederate.

068

 

Chrome braces for our mouths dentate.

To stop decay we fluoridate.

Pains our mums ameliorate,

abrasions they iodinate.

072

 

Each year we grin for our portrait

to document our fast growth rate.

Fad diets to control our weight,

replace sugar with cyclamate.

076

 

For culture one trip to the Tate.

In sport some bones we dislocate.

Take tests teachers invigilate

and learn how to procrastinate.

080

 

In English told to lucubrate,

instructed when to hyphenate,

in math we’re taught to tabulate

and times-tables ingeminate.

084

 

Learn languages we mistranslate,

in history events that predate,

in chemistry lixiviate,

in music how to syncopate.

088

 

Boys weird out with skulls cucullate.

For A.D.D. we medicate.

Stray cats we like to lapidate.

Frail weaklings we excruciate.

092

 

Meanwhile young girls start to pupate

till we emerge as ripe jailbait.

By twelve it’s time to menstruate.

For forty years we’ll ovulate.

096

 

Safe sex pamphlets elucidate

about how we should conjugate.

Our parents we alienate.

We seek to individuate.

100

 

Into adults we’ll graduate

and in most ways just imitate

the homes where we originate,

so, cycles thus perpetuate.

104

 

 


Insides out (ingesting)

 

Monosodium glutamate

in most foods that we masticate.

Our drinks the makers caffeinate:

we think this will rejuvenate.

108

 

It doesn’t take a diplomate

to know we shouldn’t drink phosphate.

Don’t smoke, detox, decaffeinate;

use diets that desalinate.

112

 

With good food we capacitate.

Eat badly, we dilapidate.

Food oils we hydrogenate.

Kill fungi with Merthiolate.

116

 

When wanting to exhilarate

it’s common to intoxicate

with alcohols that lubricate:

fermented from the vines baccate.

120

 

But after all we drank and ate

we ingest much bicarbonate.

As stomach ulcers aggravate

our mouth glands start to salivate.

124

 

We loudly belch and flatulate.

Cascades we then regurgitate.

Leave puddles where we urinate

then wait in queues to defecate.

128

 

In slurred speech we alliterate.

Our throbbing dull heads acerbate.

For fast relief we aspirate

a few breaths of amyl nitrate.

132

 

We pop some pills to stimulate

nerve systems to accelerate.

We like to soar and elevate

to worlds beyond those of our fate.

136

 

Or search for something to sedate

and help us to eradicate

the demons we hallucinate

in darkened realms within our pate.

140

 

 

 


Tents & Temples (shelter)

 

The social structures we create,

clear boundaries delineate.

The rich from poor will insulate

in regions of prime real estate.

144

 

We’re safe behind a stately gate.

Steel bars the craftsmen lanceolate.

With rich motifs they foliate:

in copper they electroplate.

148

 

Stone columns on a stylobate

accent façades we crenellate.

High towers we can fenestrate

and ramparts we machicolate.

152

 

Our in-ground pools we chlorinate.

Twee gardens caretakers curate.

Our worries just evaporate

as guests, in awe, felicitate.

156

 

Our riches help us levitate,

to heights where we luxuriate

in rooms of marble and glazed slate

that chandeliers irradiate.

160

 

The unwelcome can’t infiltrate

these lavish chateaus Latinate

where decorators floriate

and fresh brewed coffees percolate.

164

 

These palaces instantiate

the wealth that we accumulate.

A life of lords we simulate.

No way will we die intestate.

168

 

Our money we can fecundate:

to own the best, ours to dictate.

This role we will not abdicate.

Our comforts we’ll not abnegate.

172

 

On holidays we aviate

to beaches where we estivate.

Lounge in the sun with our comate.

Relax so we don’t herniate.

176

 

But those who can’t participate

towards middle class will gravitate.

To drab suburbs we’ll relocate:

submissively assimilate.

180

 

We dutifully domesticate

and fence disputes we arbitrate;

to mortgages capitulate

and on consumer goods fixate.

184

 

Devotedly we renovate.

Appliances predominate.

In heated spas we macerate

and hope we’ll never liquidate.

188

 

In slums, the poorer populate;

exposed to rents that strangulate.

Cold flats where heat don’t radiate

and bleak nights make breath condensate.

192

 

We ask landlords to fumigate:

the vermin to exterminate.

In pantries roaches nauseate

and filthy rats intimidate.

196

 

From noise the walls reverberate.

The neighbours’ fights reiterate.

The airless hallways suffocate.

Five door locks we must situate.

200

 

Still worse, we that itinerate;

our shelters we’ve had to vacate.

Soup kitchens graciously donate

the hot meals we ingurgitate.

204

 

Most druggies cannot motivate

enough to rehabilitate.

Drunks find it hard to moderate

a fondness to inebriate.

208

 

And on the streets gangs demarcate,

select turfs and consolidate.

New members we initiate.

Trespassers we assassinate.

212

 

 


Mammon’s Mantra (finance)

 

Small industries amalgamate

and streamlined now we operate:

outsource, downsize and automate.

Competition we obliterate.

216

 

From this, huge profits emanate.

Stockholders hail the chief magnate:

a demigod we adulate

although he’s found to peculate.

220

 

Since companies self-regulate

their price tags tend to escalate

which leaves us all to contemplate

outstanding debts as they inflate.

224

 

Big chain stores have funds to regrate

which helps us to potentiate.

False bargains interpenetrate

consumers who desiderate.

228

 

Some financiers prognosticate

on spending we should concentrate,

but others strongly intimate

it makes more sense to curb the spate.

232

 

On markets, punters speculate;

hope dividends quadruplicate.

A windfall we anticipate.

Our surplus needs we satiate.

236

 

Though if the bank should designate

we’ve nothing to hypothecate

we need not rant and get irate.

Bankruptcy we can auspicate.

240

 

 

 

Part 2: Infrastructures

 


Leaden Leaders (governance)

 

As leaders, we just barely rate.

We narrowly habilitate.

By any means we dominate

with cover-ups like Watergate.

244

 

To rule supreme our one mandate.

Each one of us a potentate.

The world is ours we estimate.

The good that’s done we then negate.

248

 

With colleagues we collaborate,

but treat the rest like excess freight.

We bully and manipulate

and choose not to negotiate.

252

 

Our custom to prevaricate:

an instinct in our genes innate.

Deception is a skill connate.

For these sins we will not lustrate.

256

 

A lot of crap we fabricate,

reality we obfuscate,

the vital facts we expurgate

and falsehoods we enunciate.

260

 

Unbridled greed we instigate.

Vast funds we misappropriate.

We take, but fail to compensate.

These acts we always exculpate.

264

 

In question time equivocate

and with straight faces nuncupate.

Ignore those who interpellate.

Long-term goals we abominate.

268

 

The voters we conciliate.

At conferences confabulate.

Amendments we intercalate.

In question time we hibernate.

272

 

Opposing thoughts, we denigrate,

though like minds we can tolerate.

We love those who ingratiate

and help us to re-nominate.

276

 

Two fingers high that bifurcate

from all the crowds that execrate

this growing global feudal state

where overlords officiate.

280

 

 


Applied energy (work)

 

All creatures that are vertebrate

must work until lungs crepitate.

The weekly grind we punctuate

with weekends that invigorate.

284

 

In fair times we could federate

in unions that would regulate

and make the bosses obligate

to wage scales, we would help prorate.

288

 

If wronged we could expostulate

and sweat shops we’d inactivate

until the bosses expiate

and profits fairly integrate.

292

 

As populations pullulate

and work places de-regulate

employers we propitiate;

the paymaster, a cold cheapskate.

296

 

We now closely approximate

the slaves we used to castigate.

Our hands from hard work vesicate.

Taskmasters we calumniate.

300

 

Our pay packets we calibrate

so, debt we don’t exacerbate

and bankers can’t expropriate

possessions that we aggregate.

304

 

We hope that we can compensate

our incomes with a tax rebate

to partially alleviate

the bottom lines we rubricate.

308

 

Employment ads fantasticate.

Remunerations they misstate.

Make false claims and interpolate.

The overtime they understate.

312

 

Those of us that matriculate

hope that we’ll be a candidate

for jobs that we associate

with offices that coruscate.

316

 

Superb CV’s we paginate;

at interviews excogitate.

Our strengths we strongly iterate

and loyalty we predicate.

320

 

The unemployed in lines rotate.

We’ve exceeded our use-by-date.

This puts us in a dire strait.

Our self-worth it can vitiate.

324

 

 


Mediacrity (the media)

 

Airheads like to uncomplicate.

Our brain mass we choose to deflate;

elated to decerebrate;

delighted to decorticate.

328

 

We’ve no need to sophisticate.

We’re happy with our heads hastate.

From branch to branch we brachiate

and treat life like a gala fête.

332

 

The media all syndicate

In hopes ratings will triplicate.

Hyperboles we circulate.

Reality we underrate.

336

 

Truth, at times, we annihilate.

In-depth news we abbreviate,

complex facts we adulterate,

and skewed views we disseminate.

340

 

On gossip we exuberate.

Paparazzi we remunerate.

Remarks we can’t substantiate

bring libel suits to litigate.

344

 

Our minds we tend to passivate.

With partial news we corroborate

what we choose to communicate

to friends with whom we ideate.

348

 

For hours we can vegetate;

in front of screens our eyes dilate.

Gulp down beers we refrigerate

then to the loo to micturate.

352

 

With TV sport we recreate.

When our team scores we much elate.

But should it lose we fulminate

so much we hyperventilate.

356

 

Late breaking news will indicate

infernos that incinerate,

hot lava flows that granulate,

skyscrapers that disintegrate.

360

 

The internet’s a place to skate.

This labyrinth can fascinate.

A billion sites concatenate

while trying to dissimilate.

364

 

Towards sex sites we can deviate;

watch all and sundry copulate.

In skin flicks sadists flagellate

or on a face expectorate.

368

 

View sites where porn stars personate;

perform sex acts that consternate.

Contortions that necessitate

the Karma Sutra to translate.

372

 

Finger nails girls variegate.

With flair and poise they exuviate.

Seductive lips they miniate

imply they’re happy to fellate.

376

 

To further help our glands pulsate

on social sites we acclimate.

With words we can impersonate;

be anyone we stipulate.

380

 

No one need know we’re overweight

or suffer from a weak prostate.

Ourselves on-line we re-create

without the flaws our friends berate.

384

 

Our strengths we can accentuate

without need to authenticate.

These strangers to whom we narrate

will never meet us tête-a-tête.

388

 

As bloggers we can validate

views that others repudiate.

On points of fact pontificate

and generally, just ventilate.

392

 

Our hard disks over-populate

with games designed to scintillate.

Their hardness levels we gradate:

some easy, some infuriate.

396

 

Into strange scenes we immigrate

where avatars peregrinate.

We meet fierce foes sent to frustrate.

Our goal is to reciprocate.

400

 

These scoundrels we must obviate,

but countless duels end in stalemate.

To cyber-hell we relegate

slain zombies who then duplicate.

404

 

When losing we vociferate

and seek to disaffiliate.

We check the scores to correlate

then shun the game and terminate.

408

 

It’s hard to differentiate

what’s real and what we just conflate.

Our lives just seem to emulate

the fiction we prefabricate.

412

 

 


In practice (law and order)

 

Our legal systems formulate

that law and order permeate.

Authorities investigate.

With victims we commiserate.

416

 

False clues often exasperate,

mistakenly may implicate,

but new facts then illuminate;

those wrongly charged they vindicate

420

 

As villains we’re invertebrate.

Our skills we overestimate.

In flawed plans we miscalculate

and leave clues that incriminate.

424

 

Escapes we must precipitate

and so, we fast flee interstate.

Our lairs police triangulate

to capture and incarcerate.

428

 

Appointed is a magistrate

to manage and adjudicate

with ranks of lawyers to debate

and juries to incorporate.

432

 

So, trials we co-ordinate.

Grave charges we effectuate.

The purpose is to criminate

the lawbreakers we derogate.

436

 

Next prosecutors postulate

the prisoner is a reprobate

and further we insinuate

he’s only good for fishing bait.

440

 

Defence then tries to demonstrate

some factors that extenuate.

The jury must appreciate

this miscreant’s a retardate.

444

 

In closing, lawyers inculcate

the jury to exonerate.

But prosecutors perorate

a guilty verdict, actuate.

448

 

The twelve jurors then sequestrate.

We’re told not to discriminate;

the gory details explicate

and evidence evaluate.

452

 

Behind closed doors we altercate;

decide the fate of this ingrate.

The heinous crimes we quantitate.

The rights from wrongs we calculate.

456

 

For hot tea breaks we impetrate.

All facts we recapitulate.

Choose one to intermediate;

the verdict to articulate.

460

 

Part 3: GLOBAL INTERACTION

 


Planet plunder (environment)

 

Whole forests we defoliate.

Grand old-growth trees chainsaws truncate.

Our lush wetlands we desiccate.

Green grasslands we deracinate.

464

 

With muck our rivers constipate.

Our reservoirs now exsiccate.

Vast oceans we contaminate.

Once pristine lakes coagulate.

468

 

Hectares of woods we conflagrate,

replaced with fields we irrigate

and grossly over-cultivate

to grow peas that we dehydrate.

472

 

Our farms we supersaturate

with kilos of superphosphate,

encourage plants to pollinate,

but spray so they don’t verminate.

476

 

Huge dams cause valleys to hydrate.

These lakes now form a new substrate

where bees no longer bombilate

and birds cannot nidificate.

480

 

The polar ice shelves fractionate.

Warm air won’t let them regelate.

For fur, seals we excoriate

in numbers that depopulate.

484

 

In jungles hunters ambulate

and rifle sites we collimate.

The loud shots discombobulate;

rare beasts we incapacitate.

488

 

Huge schools of fish we desquamate,

we fillet and we decollate.

Their egg sacs we evaginate:

indulge ourselves on roe ovate.

492

 

Crustaceans with claws serrulate

are dredged up by the hundredweight.

Then cooked ’til pink, cookbooks notate.

Their limbs we disarticulate.

496

 

Grain fed pigs we eviscerate.

Their limbs and head we obtruncate

The unctuous lard, machines quadrate.

Pork crackling, we decrepitate.

500

 

The cries of sheep arpeggiate.

We slaughter and exsanguinate.

The meat with herbs we impregnate.

For warmth their wool we flocculate.

504

 

Plump poultry we decapitate.

Their eggs we transilluminate.

Internal glands we levigate;

chopped liver pâté on a plate.

508

 

Tame cattle herds we decimate.

Our feet their skins encapsulate.

The meat in wine we marinate

then char it on a barbie grate.

512

 

Leeched soils slowly salinate.

Our drinking water we filtrate.

The air fouled with particulate

from gases that we generate.

516

 

The green groups that we delegate

to save, restore and depurate,

with vigour they expostulate

and on our wrongs expatiate.

520

 

Developers conglomerate

and politicians defalcate.

Protection bills are edentate.

Their strength to change we overrate.

524

 

It’s right to decontaminate.

Polluters: disincorporate.

But tricky to vaticinate

when that age we’ll denominate.

528

 

Much wildlife we devastate

as habitats attenuate.

Extinction rates we festinate.

All sanctity we violate.

532

 

 


Ends to means (global conflict)

 

Around the world we navigate,

inclined to want to subjugate.

Those allied we legitimate.

The others we vituperate.

536

 

Endless treaties to seriate

as our alliances fluctuate.

When all else fails we spoliate

with swarms of weapons sagittate.

540

 

Satellites circumnavigate

with solar panels aureate.

Antenna clusters decussate

at altitudes that de-aerate.

544

 

Our job to disambiguate

and sovereign states impenetrate

in order to predestinate

how best our foes to urticate.

548

 

In vales that gently undulate,

in forests where winds susurrate,

in streets that pavers tessellate

we have no qualms to militate.

552

 

In deserts where winds triturate,

in fields canals reticulate,

in lands oceans peninsulate

we’re likely to extravagate.

556

 

Our missiles poised to extirpate.

All life, with death, we saturate.

The past we foully desecrate.

The future we appropriate.

560

 

Despite how much some remonstrate

we force our foes’ lives to mutate.

Dear valuables we confiscate.

The hearts and minds we lacerate.

564

 

Surreptitiously we jugulate.

The innocent we inculpate.

Reward those that tergiversate

and those that don’t we immolate.

568

 

Mass graves the tractors excavate.

Distorted corpses in a crate.

Still, others in the dirt prostrate:

our bodies bullets perforate.

572

 

Shocked parents yowl and ululate;

their children’s screams full resonate,

at least those that resuscitate.

The rest authorities cremate.

576

 

Crushed prisoners we interrogate,

we prod and poke and fustigate.

The enfeebled we emasculate

just purely to humiliate.

580

 

In dark cells souls etiolate.

Such actions families deprecate.

We plead, but captors objurgate

with no desire to placate.

584

 

Appendages are placed pronate

and currents through them commutate.

Then once allowed to transmigrate

each soul becomes a runagate.

588

 

The conquerors self-coronate

and place upon a stereobate

stone statues to commemorate

their triumph to dissimulate.

592

 

The victors’ actions indurate

the hearts of those who emigrate.

Our loathing we’ll not modulate

nor with these raiders mediate.

596

 

So, refugees expatriate.

Passports officials annotate.

We hope that at some future date

we exiles can repatriate.

600

 

Some stateless won’t habituate

and choose to dissociate:

displaced, forced to evacuate,

clandestinely perambulate.

604

 

Of those some will retaliate;

procure potassium nitrate

and timers that can detonate

homemade bombs meant to deflagrate.

608

 

Vengeance we premeditate

and gracelessly recriminate.

We’re not inclined to sublimate.

We’re maggots that engorge on hate.

612

 

 

Part 4: TRANSITIONS

 


Soul salve (belief systems)

 

We’ve ample gods to venerate

who don’t much help us mitigate

transgressions that we perpetrate:

the evils that we machinate.

616

 

Whatever faiths we nominate

have sacred laws we promulgate

and rituals we orchestrate

in temples that we consecrate.

620

 

For help, to gods we invocate.

In chorus skyward, we phonate.

Our ills we pray to palliate.

Of ancient times we’re derivate.

624

 

Good Catholics transubstantiate.

Our God divine we trifurcate.

In churches we conglobulate.

The Testaments we indagate.

628

 

The Pope lives in his city-state.

Archbishops wield rods uncinate.

These chaste men of the First Estate

reluctant to impropriate.

632

 

Profane we excommunicate,

The zealot strives as an oblate.

From Protestants we segregate

because they consubstantiate.

636

 

Jews are the chosen, we orate.

Observe laws of the rabbinate.

Once baby boys attain day eight

Their pink foreskins we amputate.

640

 

Towards Mecca Muslims supplicate.

The Qur’an we transliterate.

Obey codes of the Imamate.

A kaleidoscopic caliphate.

644

 

All Buddhists calmly meditate.

Round prayer wheels circumambulate.

Protesting monks self-immolate:

consuming flames asphyxiate.

648

 

Hindus seek to reincarnate.

A wealth of gods we animate.

At Thaipusam we celebrate.

Bad karma’s bound to ruinate.

652

 

Zoroastrians to fire relate.

Quakers prefer to rusticate.

To Taoists opposites equate.

Hari Krishnas tintinnabulate.

656

 

Rastafarians all cantillate

that Selassie is God incarnate.

Fundamentalists don’t innovate.

With nature Wiccans affiliate.

660

 

Astrologers read charts stellate.

Black Pagans tend to imprecate.

Good witches mix up mithridate.

Empaths seek spirits discarnate.

664

 

Creationists all intonate

and piously asseverate

God, from clay, did agglutinate

the man from whom we’re all agnate

668

 

Charismatics in tents jubilate.

Agnostics for hard proof we wait.

J’s Witnesses just irritate

with door knocking that won’t abate.

672

 

And Atheists extrapolate,

The universe is insensate.

Religions only dissipate

our skills to ratiocinate.

676

 

 


Curling up (dying)

 

In time old age will inundate.

Our bodies it will antiquate.

Vitalities deactivate,

Decay fails to de-escalate.

680

 

Employment we must abrogate.

Our positions bosses subrogate.

We’re made to superannuate.

Sent home where we deteriorate.

684

 

When young we fail to cogitate

at some point we will culminate.

To think we might decelerate;

beyond us to deliberate.

688

 

Thought processes degenerate.

Ideas fragment and divagate.

Confusing notions agitate.

A focused view we can’t locate.

692

 

Yet further still we enervate.

Spent legs inclined to vacillate.

From side to side our spines librate.

To stand we need a strong helpmate.

696

 

Translucent skins become bullate.

Green crusty scabs appear crispate.

Landscapes of pimples pustulate.

Thick yellow liquids suppurate.

700

 

Internal leaks of exudate

as white blood cells extravasate.

Bruised tired eyelids nictitate.

Blurred cloudy eyes obnubilate.

704

 

Flawed organs deoxygenate.

Dry scaly windpipes ulcerate.

We sound like snakes that sibilate

and grasshoppers: they stridulate.

708

 

Dim hearts commence to fibrillate

so, doses doctors metricate

in quantities we manducate

to help our thin blood inspissate.

712

 

On screens our life signs oscillate.

From wires we can’t separate.

Both forearms pale and supinate

are pierced with needles subulate.

716

 

Our bedside nurses imbricate

a host of charts that adumbrate

while guts, surgeons invaginate

and arteries inosculate.

720

 

Facilities they sanitate.

Lungs, plastic tents oxygenate.

Down our throats doctors intubate.

The rot they try to isolate.

724

 

Still further we debilitate.

No known cure will emancipate.

On what has passed we ruminate.

To change things now is way too late.

728

 

Blood relatives don’t hesitate

to make the point that they’re cognate.

They want the sick to die testate

and gift all assets at probate.

732

 

Detached physicians dissertate

as final stages depredate.

For paddles they gesticulate,

one last try to defibrillate.

736

 

There’s no chance we’ll recuperate.

No way will we regenerate

and awesomely eliminate

the ailments that emaciate.

740

 

Accept raw facts; we’re in checkmate.

All thoughts of life subordinate.

From mortal coils extricate.

The humming flatlines liberate.

744

 


Candide’s lament

 

We dance in circles, hands palmate,

like marionettes with heads nutate.

Opinions we’re loathe to update;

spewed out in public tongues vulgate.

748

 

Our world view we pixelate.

Those different we invalidate.

Those like us we accommodate;

reluctant to desegregate.

752

 

Resistant to acculturate

and biases deconcentrate.

False gods we don’t deconsecrate.

Humanities depreciate.

756

 

Our Mother Earth we fast ablate.

Wreck anything that’s half sensate.

Through telescopes we now spectate

and seek spheres where we can instate.

760

 

Our plan to build spacecraft peltate

and from our globe flee festinate;

in lengthy convoys we’ll tailgate

to find new orbs to mutilate.

764

 

 


Step out into the light

 

In Plato’s cave we congregate

content to be the top primate.

Our own self-worth we overstate.

It’s time we seek a new template.

768