Garden of Earthly Delight?

NaPoWriMo DAY SIX  6 April 2020

Garden of Earthly Delight?

A horror movie, a whole batch, sync failed,

spewed out helter-skelter

over several channels at once

multiple commercials, no glass sponge,

eyes assailed by mass of nude bodies.

Frolicking? Writhing! Crude, pallid flesh

stench of rot, despair, decay,

a mesh of figures just emerged from

bizarre sarcophagi

after multiple variants of death

threats from a TV screen in a

doctor’s waiting room touting drugs

of ills tailgated by more ailments

inherently provoked, astounding

innovative trick modeled after interest

compounding potentials of sickness

best fed to trusting eyes and ears

one more variety of leviathan

human imagination engineers

how to withstand the onslaught

like more passengers perforce pushed

 into a rush-hour Tokyo metro train

wrought by others’ close bodily presence

though not naked yet impinges on the senses

touch, smell, try to shut off in vain,   

repulsion, overwhelm, fatigue fraught

with anger, anguish, calling to mind how

Earth must feel about us humans

spilling all over her with drills and ploughs

pouring concrete, storing trash, burying weapons,

poison in her entrails, pillaging  

her treasures, gems, silver, gold

we slice her open, dig, tunnel, rape

Earth begged for an ally, one to break

the news: enough is enough!

Earth found a way to snuff us out easy

fast, efficient, indiscriminate

now we’re all equal, chance one last

dance before the menace of dread

meanwhile chaos, struggle to survive

forget to thrive, merely breathe, breathe,

hope friends will bring water, bread

survive like a tree forever rooted

unable to escape from its single place

exposed, vulnerable, powerless, muted

kept alive how? by earth and sky’s

rain-showers, snow, sunlight, grace

no living green trees in the

teeming garden of earthly delights

mere masses of nudes scheming

multiple composite freaks

one exception: a gizmo, oblique

birds line up, flutter, perch there

swarm together, rise into the sky

show how to apply earthly living

swallows of soul build a nest of joy

sparrows remind of daily giving

robins sing of kindness, love

owls of philosophy see in the dark

eagle’s wings carry spirit’s sparks

all are delighted to visit a solitary tree

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