In Lockstep

About Face ~ Brent Harris

About Face ~ Brent Harris

Channeling thought,
Flailing, feeling
Art and music
Each life opera, rock
Country, blues
Singing the universe
Everywhere rhythms
Love, laughter
Anger, frustration,
Failure turned to death
Overshadowing hope,
Joy, birth, union
In brutality steeped,
Insecurity sublimated
Through violence
News, games, murder,
Terror and suicide

We use guns
To hide our fear
Brandish them,
Fire them,
Horde them
Hoping
Praying
Trying to prove
We are alive
To prove we are
Death’s equal
Evil weds insanity
Encroaches
Entwines
Our daily life
Growing roots
In our hearts
Strangling
Hope
Leaving only
Implanted dreams
The gauzy vision
Convincing us
We can be
Can do
Can have
Most of all
That we can
Have it all
We must
Only
Mortgage our souls
Our lives
Our being
Bow to the hegemony
Fight for it
Kill for it
Die

Dark clouds
Gather, multiply
Above us
Around us
Within us
Stark terror looms
Grown so afraid
Our fear
Precipitates,
Plummets,
Lightning strikes
Driving rain
Thunder rumbles
Like bullets
Shattering bastions
Bulwarks
Gloom
Pervades
Invades
Murders
The best lives
Our brightest days

Soldiers,
Zealots
School shooters
Mass murderers
Species genocide
Humanity
Tops the list
Following
Voices in their head
Following orders
Too difficult to decide
To choose
Advised not to think
Someone else will
Will tell us
What we know
What we feel
They will tell us
They will tell us
What to believe

Have faith
Sublime
No time
No space
No dominion
No existence
Stars snuffed out
Slaughtered and slain
Galaxies cease
Rotation interdicted
Spherical music
Forever silenced
Only listen
Listen to the liars
Listen, listen, listen
No thought
No feeling
No art
No music

Life’s syncopated
Rhythms
Missing,
Replaced
By cloned humanity
Marching
In lockstep
No longer
Do we need
To don masks
Mimics and mimes
Repeat our lines
No longer
Must we pretend
That we understand
Or that we care
Surrender
Give up, give over
Follow orders
And
Buy,
Buy,
Goodbye

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