The Whole Infernal Sequence
in order to extinguish, without delay, the whole of everything held to the heart
dedicated to the exaltation of liberty on behalf of the exiled messenger airbrushed
from the photograph of men surrendering each to the other their memories of parricidal smoke and mirror card tricks shuffled just so
to sing along with the tocsin of reason heard throughout the whole universe
to do what they do not command in this finest hour of power plant failures
teetering to tear down the whole grid after a pint of vodka and a pinch of red herring
of usurpation and resource extraction under the auspices of being risen at long last
from the dark night thought vanished, but now upon us
to recognize and declare the universal, inalienable and sacred right to remain answerless.
Hypertext entries above denote phrases derived from these source documents:
The Magna Carta, 1215
Martin Luther, 1520
Also referenced is this photograph of Elizabeth O’Farrell
A version of this text was performed by Tzvet Lazarov in November 2018 at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Watch it here.
© reed o’beirne 2018