Thursday, February 22, 2018

The slaves


democracy
is that thin
hopeful illusion
that separates
the haves
from
the have nots

a demarcation
point
that points
in only one
direction

down
into the abyss
where
only the haves
get to escape

as for the rest
of us?

well the pyramids
had to be built
by some silly
fool


© Harry Rout 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

All you need is love (For the 17)


love is all
you need…

of course
there’s also
a million
pieces
of humanity
shooting
stabbing
bombing
&
raping
the fuck out
of each other
as I scribble
these words
on this blank
sheet
of paper


© Harry Rout 2018


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From Paris with love


between
the legs of long
lost goddesses
secret scents
fill the temple
of poems
with the fragrance
of love
&
war

in the city
of Troy
stolen beauty
brings destruction
&
death
upon us all


© Harry Rout 2018

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Forsaken and lost

"You tremble, carcass? You would tremble
even more if you knew where I am going to
take you!" Vicomte de Turenne


from the tree
of life we
gorge in greed
on the fruit
of knowledge

all the apples
have been made
holy...sacred

but hidden
beneath the belly
of the snake
lurk the gods
licking at the lies
they sold us


© Harry Rout 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

Untitled

sedated you squander
passion for fear
while all the time
waiting for someone
to come
and save you

here you are numbed
and nailed
to this cross
of your own making
abandoned by a longing
long since forgotten

here you are…

pretending to pull petals
from roses
with no love
in sight


© Harry Rout 2018

Monday, December 18, 2017

Everything will be okay

we humans
can’t help but crave
romantic endings
throwing ourselves
forward into fantasy
futures of religious
or scientific
heavens of happiness
where the dead
don’t die
and evil is refused
entry at the gate

of course…

there is always
a price to pay
for all that
suicidal optimism


© Harry Rout 2017

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Genesis

Look over there
All the butterflies
Have lost their colour
While perishing
Beneath our sins

Poisoned souls
Intoxicating
The purity
Of things

While
In the garden
Adam and Eve
Stand in line
For a ticket
With everyone else


© Harry Rout 2017

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hope and horror


tragedy?

oh there's
tragedy
alright

all those
putrid
fairy-tales
we
stuff into
the minds
of little children
are disasters
waiting
to implode
in the kitchens
of
the future

too
many happy
bloody endings
give a false
impression
of life

Snow White's
prince was a
chauvinistic prick

&
let's not
mention
those fuckin’
dwarfs


© Harry Rout 2017






Thursday, December 7, 2017

Neon dreams and miracles

between the concrete
and dead carcasses
moonlit shadows
trapped in neon
city madness

with insignificance scrambling
thru shopping malls
of paradoxical pleasure
a fine scribbled line
of melancholia

as screaming faces
linger in boredom
waiting for miracles
while existence slowly fades
in billboard advertisements

just another sign
of slavery
and suffering

while in the end...
more moments of emptiness


© Harry Rout 2017

Sunday, December 3, 2017

After the battle

“When fighting with monsters take
care not to become a monster yourself.”
Nietzsche


when all
is said
and done

when the war
is fought
and won

the hardest
thing to do
is show kindness
to the enemy