Now for something completely different

These are the days . . .

I decided to do something different today. Just for the hell of it.

Between April 2018 and April 2019 I did a Poemathon for no particular reason except I thought it might be fun. So I wrote a brand new poem every day for a a year. The following poem is from Day 3.

Day 3. 19th April 2018

These are the Days

These are the days

Of mass communications.

A billion conversations

Are shared on the internet

And stored in a microchip,

While the bomb in the TV set

Is wired to your mobile,

Connected to the capsule

That dies in mysterious orbits

Over secret locations

Tracked by the magic apps

Of Google Maps

In a corner of the sky.


These are the days

Of trials and tribulations,

The sacrifice of nations,

The promise of salvation

Digitally preserved

By memes like altars

To the gods of fabrication.

Enslaved by fears we endure

These days of knavery and

Slavery and the

Benign fake smile of

Celebrity preaching

The two-faced sermon

Of resurrection and damnation,

Feeding on desperation

Across the wastelands of the



These are the days of

Pulses in the atmosphere,

Digital delusions,

The illusion of threat, the

Prowl of vampires and bogeymen.

There are chemicals in the ecosphere

Prozac in the bloodstream

A viral infection in our

Might-have-beens that feed

The schemes of the

Bombers and the businessmen.


These are the days

Of political confusion

Our dread suckers votes

In the ritual of elections,

The fair trade of independent thought

For peace of mind.

These are the days of

Threat held like a salve

By aspiring tyrants

And the promise-to-protect

Worn like thorny crowns or talismans.


These are the days of “if-only”

And all of us connected by truth

But shackled in the meantime

By the madness

That was always there.

But now it’s intensified and publicised,

Advertised and magnified

A thousand times.

Deafened by the noise

We lose sight of resurrection

And the fine line between

Truth and lies,

For these are the days

Of mass communications.

Copyright Steve Cook 2018



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