just stop

there must be

something

important enough

to stop everything for

 

to call out for

walk out for

lay down for

stand up for

disobey for

serve time for

starve for

suffer for

die for

 

but the bills to pay

credit score noose

job insecurity

desire to have some

comfort

is enticing enough

to do nothing

 

but

surely there must be

something

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a lovely number you are

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you melt like heroin in a spoon

your body boiled down to data

 

you are one of X people living with Y

or one of P who died by Q

or one of A who is indebted to B

one of C who dislikes D

 

all of which makes you a member

of R group

even though you never joined

 

(but hey,

at least you’re not in U)

 

always or never or often or occasionally

a figure for folks

to manipulate

 

incessant macro visions

hurtling towards

micro understanding

 

data!data!data!

 

we are gods

making sense of the past

to know the future…

 

as if we know the past

 

welcome to the real world, kid

the choice is yours

 

ha!

 

you are so predictable.