Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thirteen Unnatural Acts

Doctor Jabir 'abd al-Khaliq


Our fore-fathers and fore-mothers twisted
This natural human need to breed
Into pornography, into romance,
Into the practice of recreational sex.

Our distant ancestors perverted
This natural human need to breathe
Into speech, into singing
Into making music with wind instruments.

Our ingenious predecessors debased
This natural human need to eat
Into gluttony, into usury, into greed
Into grabbing more than we need.

And in these times we ourselves abuse
This natural human need to excrete
To poison the bees, to shit in the seas

To bequeath to our kids burning turds

Whose quantum atomic fires
Will long outlast our human words.

1 comment:

Graeme Thomson said...

Rather than Doctor Jabir 'abd al-Khaliq, this reminds me of the "parrot of India" Amir Khusrow.