Copyright jim ferguson 2017

A List Poem - Jim Ferguson

This is a list poem

 

how the world’s horrors scream at you

 

and how the middle-classes try to ignore them

and how the working-classes are seduced by soaps

and how the homeless and dispossessed know it

and how the poets drink to oblivion

and how the comedians think their personal lives are political/interesting/funny

and how the novelists write only pulp

and how the insane are mostly in prison

and how the newspapers strive to cover it... ...up

and how the oligarchs conspire to deceive

and how the religions rush to perpetuate it

and how the tv won’t really show it

and how the footballers don’t know the price of a ticket

and how the snobs watch the cream curdle

and how the athletes compete for the money

and how the bureaucrats use forms to hide it

and how the internet is too free to tell it

and how the musicians play nothing but pop

and how the bankers are rewarded for fraud

and how the politicians pretend nothing happened

and how the fiddlers merely fiddle

and how the junkies are mystics in tatters

and how the smokers pay all that tax

and how the gangsters are all really police

and how the police are all really gangsters

and how the teachers are nothing but liars

and how the stupid are the first to condemn

and how the pious are sexual oppressors

and how the drunks are poets in disguise

and how the arms dealers blow off your legs

and how the rage at injustice rages no more

and how the universe floats on around it

and how the spies are always your neighbours

and how the whole fucking thing is dishonest

and how you can’t even trust your own self

and how real success is to merely survive

a little longer

                          than the

                                                  person

                                                                          dying in the bed

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