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Illustration by Will Carruthers
Illustration by Will Carruthers

Sentenced to Die – Poem

Jun 27, 2019


By Magick

Our language is languishing

     In the Land of Lies:

     losing its nuance,

     closing its eyes,

sounds bites nibble away

     at the roots.

The last flush of meaning

     pushes the envelope;

     words explode in the glossy headlines

          in the tasty adlines,

     saturating the marketplace-

     then used up, tired

     gone without a trace,

Another word dies a meaningless death.

Words like infiniti and integra

     can only be car salesmen

     for so long

               without burning out

               selling out.

To fill the void our brain hangs

     a “VACANCY” sign,

     but no words apply.

They’re all down at the Corporate Ad Campaign-

     selling the world

     they’ve got a job ‘til they die.

The number of suicides among words

is rising at an alarming rate,

The word alarming hardly surprises

     anyone anymore

          and is

     about to go on strike.

But the unions are powerless

because no one keeps their word,

And no-one knows where one went

so the center cannot hold.

The Hangman’s game is almost over

The death sentence is pronounced-

the word owners have enslaved

     the very feeling of the words

     (which will always in some way be love)

Squeezed it out like toothpaste

Brushed the last taste away,

     the last root is severed;

Language: Langua, Lingua

Tongue, Tongue, Tongue is cut out,

Linger: to lick, lick,

     no way to lick it, the pleasures

     cannot shout.

No one can talk;

nothing   to   talk  about.


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