They will focus you on your shiny

swinging object while wrecking ball

armies collapse the world around you.

You will tell all and become an ass


when told to, or be shot as worthless.

But the mesmerizers are not part

of the demolition team. Remember that!

As a man who loves the scenery,


to point out a mountain as exceptional

gets you into the street, but you see

the blueprint of nature, the desert

parking lot, the lobotomizer


as again guilty, and the citizen
a slum lord in need of glasses.


Rich Murphy