✩ Smart City

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Today’s ‘Smart City’ is where training and education

Stopped being about following one’s true vocation

And somehow became all about programming and conditioning

Schooled to become another brick in the wall

Another cog in the machine

Drilled in

From such an early age it’s now the New Religion

Where each new emerging generation

Shops til they drop, ’til they’re so far in debt

They become trapped in a prison

Of desire and consumerism

Seduced by strategic product placement and subliminal advertising

Victims of a society built upon capitalism

No escape! Do not pass ‘Go’! Do not collect ‘£200’!

Do not buy a Hotel, (let alone ones own house)

In fact go straight to Jail!

Caged like a wild animal in a Zoo

That ate the bait

Who swallowed the smart-sim pill

Herded along

With all the other “must do’s and should have done’s”

On the road to ‘Blandsville‘ in downtown ‘Homogenisation

Complete abdication

Of one’s ability to think for ones-self

From womb to tomb and into total annihilation…

✩ Window

Inner City Sanctuary

I used to waste time wishing for a different view

Through my bedroom window

Disillusioned with the urban vista

Hours spent sky-watching

For patches of blue

Behind clouds passing

Through the hessian weave

Of blinds swaying in the breeze

Tracing the trails of planes traversing

Over slate rooftops, chimney-stacks and pots

And higgledy-piggledy aerials

Somewhere a blackbird is singing eloquently as magpies chatter

And magically the wailing sirens momentarily fade

Along with the whir of helicopters

The horn of the non-stop train

And the roar of aeroplanes

Their sound bites recede, subside

Absorbed, into the humming soup of the city’s low rumble

Where the call of a crow is more profound

And so now I give thanks for my slice of the city

My home here has become

A place in the world where I belong

And no place in the world would I rather be

Finally I found my sanctuary

It was here all along

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