avi sato . be thought . live dreams

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Replaced

Colors’ presence overshadows nightmarish brightness
Subdue in me extremities’ white compulsions
Free necessity from sentiment
Break tradition out of perfection’s sought prison
Modern fortress of lust not simply for flesh
Utopia’s absence waits unacknowledged
While riots mold new bricks to separate
Dig irrigation trenches to drown truths
Bridges burned before their consecration
Champagne commemorations become flaming cocktails

Gradiented viewpoints’ popularity
Fails to attract clemency before their summary executions
Life no longer vibrates in varied frequencies
Daily moments’ shifts of opinion
Stay in bed
Expressions of carnal flexibility
Brutally eschewed
Replaced
Classification trumps understanding
Belonging superseding inclusion’s once-pervading view of species siblings
Rivalry’s skirmishes now trench warfare

Pressed faked realities’ headlines draw maps of exclusion
Changed climates regress to shadowed corners of rounded globes

Self-interest
Giving’s replacement

Hate
The love of tomorrow

(Avi Sato, 2019)