A dangerous fire burns unchecked in the house
Death brought to everything, even the mouse
We ran to the rooms, hurried to wake them up
But they shouted back at us in voices corrupt:
“Stop with your ugly noise, we are trying to sleep!”
“Stop with that unpopular nonsense leaking past your teeth!”
We tried and tried to explain the flames to them,
But they turned over, mumbling “Sleep ’till the end.”
The fire is out of control and yet they slumber
We did all we could, if they die it’s no wonder.
A kid was downloaded from space
Fresh one from Neptune
She asked the alien caretaker:
“Where’s my place? Where do I fit?”
And this is what the caretaker said:
Well firstly let me apologise for the tardy state,
I don’t think things are going to be any good for at least 500 years.
But you’ve waited long enough,
They’re calling for you down there.
So let’s see…
There’s a couple of hot tickets going at the moment.
Pretty exciting stuff, if that’s your sort of thing.
You could go the life of danger
Join an extremist group
Lots of killing and oppressing
Various flavours to choose from
Right wing, religious, supremacist, etc.
No troublesome thinking, straightforward stuff
Big emotions, big bad karma stockpile
Blame everything except yourself
Lots of suffering to keep things authentic
Never a dull moment.
Silicon Valley messiahs and their choirs
Varied righteous roles to fulfil
Keen overthinking brain full of rhetoric
Merry merry merry self congratulations
Cheery bubble existence, no heart for reality
Safe safe safe space
Exploit exploit exploit race
Look damn cool while doin’ it.
Use your genes to shift units.
Other than that I don’t have much exciting to offer-
These days most clients just pick one of those.
There’s a few others here, these are going cheap:
A few flavours of victim legitimisation
Or guilt complexes tantalisingly perplexing
Go around correcting and censoring people
Turn the self and emotions into a church
Appropriate the fight for good causes,
Ruin them with sentiment and fear of analysis
Or worse, make products.
Those are probably our most popular “alternative” options.
What else, what else,
There are a few old broken ones,
Actually more common than you’d think!
These get chosen all the time, but they’re not exciting,
Here’s two usual variants:
Ah yes, the hard one:
The ivory tower separatist specialist
Divisive rational hatred cooked up into bureaucracy
System cop on the beat, punisher.
Excluder, anti-dreamer, iron fisted surveillance lord,
The mighty majesty
Wall building controller, bulldozer
Power hungry toxic heart and spirit sceptic
Get to go around all day saying
“Well someone has to be the adult around here!”
And this one:
General issue soft bellied sheep.
Consumer, trend legitimising conformist
Head down get on with whatever’s going,
Maybe peep out every now and then-
A drama or two, try your hand at this and that,
Racism as a spectator sport, doesn’t matter for or against
Opinions as common as insects
Like. Share. Swarm.
Vibrate a haze of endless bored
Get to look genuinely surprised
When the bombs drop
When the gun is shot
When the murder drones hover overhead
When the robot decides: kill.
Well I’m sorry none of these choices are appealing for you so far,
You seem to be one of these more difficult clients.
Are you sure I can’t interest you in some of our special items?
Air headed old-school new-ager filling the world with abracadabra?
How about someone burdened with a particularly enormous talent
That gets to serve as commercialised entertainment?
You’re a tricky one.
Look, I’ve only got one offer left-
But it’s totally unappealing.
You’d be a total dork to pick this one.
Seriously un-awesome, but let’s look at the label anyway:
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Silent seeker unwilling to commodify.
Creative and critical, discerning and empathetical.
Appears on surface as awkward sheep, thus confusing for people.
Sometimes baffled that there’s very little social opportunity
For being truly understood or making a contribution,
But picks up and keeps going, for it’s an eon of working on imperfections.
Consciousness development, without the hipness; individual.
Quiet, serving, stoic, measured, fair, purposeful, selfless, wise.
Sometimes hermit, but never alone due to sensitivities to the subtle.
Uses heart and mind together to slowly improve vital issues,
Most of the time in a non-obvious way with substance.
Body, emotions, mind, all disposable envelopes automatically reacting,
Never taken too seriously, can make people laugh,
Laughs at self.
No rewards, no fame, no riches.
Not for those adverse to courage.
A life of indescribable intangible wonder,
Witness to the otherworldly.
Well, hurry up and pick one,
There’s a fire going on down there.