Regard Carefully by KJ Hannah Greenberg
Regard carefully this complex, not-yet-fully automated universe,
Which sets its spin among cosmic desiderata, space stations, love.
Cost-effectively filling, embracing, controlling, compensating
Rapacious others wanting no allowance, space, concession.
Imagine permitting nothing riven to fly, to swim, to walk, to be adjured
By couples voluble hankerings. Such civilizing quickly collapses.
Hence, regarding commonplace orbs of feelings, also crystalline tears,
These get fondled too frequently. In craving deep, recondite grottos,
Our private mise en scene crumbles. No clement judge jumps up,
Develops avengers for our shared cold, muted walls. Our bulwarks
Stifle heavens harmonies, even staccato, acciaccatura, semifusa.
Hence, where birdsong echoes, when fires animation casts
Shadows along the edges of ethereal luminescence, clouds hope,
Somber, effete mortals stoop, conquer nothing, maybe cry.
No more than external churning remains to mark like coruscations.
Glitters threshold is a short-lived cupidicity. We erred with prolix texts.
So, life passes. Birth washes death washes continuity. We disappear.
Unkempt children bend, break. Colts bolt to stallions and then
Horses get shot. Mimsy thoughts become the calumny of legend.
Most existence warrants no kindred asperity. Under twinkling stars,
Man, beast, machine, alike, fade sooner or later, pay back creators.
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