Tuesday, June 3, 2014

POEM: "Diplomacy by Cartography out of Geography"

Diplomacy by Cartography out of Geography


Space and sovereignty
present a map face
to the ageing world


Drop the ball you never get it back

Monkeys watch the river banks
and slow boats ply a trade
along the new tides


Demarcate, cut, remarcate, reform

Jokes and jibes are
turned into clouts
pigs and punches


Sovereign heads are split

The people believe
there is no plan
there is no map


The sea's path in moonlight

Horses in their stalls 
they're off racing
the field is even

A city changes a memory

The people’s thunder
wonders if there’s 
no going back.


© 2014 Rob Schackne

1 comment:

  1. (Cartographers, you know, are all over the place.)

    Have you listened to Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett's "Monkey - Journey to the West"? No? The music from the stage production should do the trick.

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