I spend too much time on Twitter. Even on days — like most days, lately — when it seems to be an endless timeline of terrible news, there are bright spots. Every day I learn, laugh, connect and discover, but it still sucks my time. So today, I thought I’d try to make (good?) use of that time by chopping snippets of tweets from some of the people or organizations I follow*, tossing them around in a word blender, and attempting to write a new poem. Here’s what came of it. Though not all the tweets that inspired this were political in nature, the thoughts in my head are in political prison right now, so I suppose writing things like this is a way to break out.
Can’t tell if the song is brilliant or crap,
the machine gun percussion, big rig motor grind,
and Phil Collins as lead singer. But leaders,
I know leaders. Leaders win and smile when they say,
hey, it’s a-ok, c’mon and drink the water
with just an essence of lead. A danger? No danger,
it’s all in your head, listen to your heart, listen to us,
there is a war, but not that war — a war on coal,
a war on country, a war on YOU, and how dare they say
it’s not a communist plot. They’re feeding you
this cosmic dread, but the answer is easy,
the answer is here, no, NO, there’s nothing under there,
Look ! OVER HERE! We make the sun shine, the sunshine is huge,
a huge dose of Vitamin D, very important for good health,
you take care of you, and we’ll take care of
us, but really, you’ll thank us. It’ll be amazing, you’ll see.
Did you taste the water? We have the best water,
come swim in the water, no one drowns in the water,
no one’s forced into water. YOU, you are the one
touched by migration, you are the one in need of
safe crossing to the future of your past,
to what came before, and what came after. Remember?
Do you remember, it was pure white gold,
that sweet family photo in the tall shiny tower,
you can be in that photo. You can be met with grace,
the resurrection of everything great.
Listen, do you hear it? That round of applause,
the loudest hand claps from the biggest, best hands,
That song we keep playing, are you singing it now?
Are you affected yet? Infected yet? They’ll try
to tell you that a vaccine exists, but the price
is too high. The price isn’t the sky, or the trees
or the birds. The price is your freedom and
we’ll stop you from paying. No mishaps,
we’re golden. We’re good. And yes, you can
thank us. Your welcome is welcome.
*NOTE: The title “No Mishaps” came from a Tweet by Edmonton artist @JayIsPainting. Other parts of lines were borrowed from or inspired by @thomaspluck: (cosmic dread), @MSF_canada: (vaccine exists, but the price is too high) @anniegirl1138: (not a communist plot) @wickerkat: (Can’t tell if it’s brilliant or crap) @Don_Share: (touched by migration) @AusmaZehanat: (safe crossing ) @ChuckWendig: (and the resurrection) @HighwayTomson: (Your welcome is welcome. ) @TheAmericansFX: (be met with grace) @ThatEricAlper: (Phil Collins as lead singer & what came before, and what came after) @KimPigSquash: (Vit D very important for good health) @CBCAlerts: (war on coal).