Primates in the Cave INFRASTRUCTURES
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
Prize Dunces & Prime Miniatures back to top
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 back to top
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 back to top
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 back to top
Our legal systems formulate
that law and order permeate.
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