Slick. A Poem by Robin Ouzman Hislop

Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to
, in a maze of crazy mirrors, where love
Has blown away leaving only pain. I leave
You now – a stranger to the night
– to play your part.
The role that you’re bred for, a fit nice and slick,
Like a clean cut brick into the social pyramid.
We’ve left evolution long ago to do its thing,
We’re on a make or break scene, son of man, son
Of a gun and the planet bleeds and the planet
Breathes and the planet dies, just like you do.
In the flow, flow of water, flow of time, flow
Of your dreams, or so it seems, until you wake
To find how few the grains of golden sand slip
Through your hand to the deep
, where there is no flow
Of water and time, only money and the clock.
The controlled tick tock in your rat race of time;
And your gun crying like a fire in the sun,
Where are you going to run to, when all is
Said and done, all on that day. And you tell me
Of your prayer, through your whispering stare.
We who have been closed to life since we began.
Our heritage like a runaway hearse – O human,
You will rise to touch the skies but you will leave
All other creatures behind. You will become blind
To your own mind in the infinite setting sun,
Where you were always at war between the thought
Of night and day. For you homo homunculus
Are not an exceptional monster, but you do not
Live with your own limitations, because you do not
Understand them, as what you are are. And so,
We chase our lust amidst the stars, an existence
In an empty mirror and fear in a handful of dust.

Bobby McGee. Janice Joplin
Phantom of the Opera
Dream within a Dream. Edgar Allen Poe
Baby Blue. Bob Dylan
Sinner Man. Sonny & Cher
Homo Homunculus. Aldous Huxley
Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction. Wallace Stevens.
Wasteland. TS Eliot
Robin Ouzman Hislop Editor of the 12 year running on line monthly poetry journal Poetry Life and Times.He has made many appearances over the last years in the quarterly journals Canadian Zen Haiku, including In the Spotlight Winter 2010 & Sonnetto Poesia. Previously published in international magazines, his recent publications include Voices without Borders Volume 1 (USA), Cold Mountain Review, Appalachian University N Carolina, The Poetic Bond Series, available at The Poetic Bond and a recently published Anthology of Sonnets: Phoenix Rising from the Ashes. He has recently completed a volume of poetry, All the Babble of the Souk available at Lulu & Amazon. He is currently resident in Spain engaged in poetry translation projects.
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