Saturday, 9 April 2016

Първите принципи/First principles

Home now to a loquacious press
and headlines that contest, refute
or simply ignore the story.
Offshore oil-flares light

a roiling horizon, rusted dereliction,
while the powers-that-be (the ones
that would be ours) stay silent
or rebut a sense of entitlement.

Faces prepared with such care
insist on our acceptance:
they are only human
and have been playing at gods.

These apples sit in a bowl.
They’re here and they’re ripe.
They’re playing at nothing
but being themselves.

Image: Marina Shiderova; text: Tom Phillips

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