Ben Willems

In Area C

Custodians enclose, confinement is commonplace
Ceilings of concrete, zinc, canvas and cave
Country of origin crumpled on cellophane
Compulsion scrubs up cleaner than change

Consider three complexions of creation –

Construction; Coercion; Cultures of childbirth.
Cramped between continents, clichés are chariots
Cain cripples Abel, cousins, compatriots
Cosy as cameras clinical catalyst,
Carving the census, Caesarean checklist,
Clamp down on chemistry’s chance companion,
Crows in the canopy circling carrion


Conquest came; saw; cloned condominiums
Crowning hill-scalps like off-world colonies
Claimed descendants resurrecting centimetres
Customised maps, compressed chronology
Cable and calculus speech miraculous
“Choose place of birth in place of extinction!”

Cleverest thing it can clot cognizance
Certainties branch like advice from a croupier –
Cryptic injunctions stubborn oracular;
Clue’s in the creep to the thermonuclear


Conscripted defences. Chicanery, legislative
Clauses. Security, of course. Conservation.

“Complainants: refer to the contract - Terms and
Conditions apply. Terms: you can have your cake
Conditions: we eat it - until further notice.

Call witness C. I beseech you stick to the facts.
Cry wolf with extreme care. Extreme care.
Cause of injury, we know from previous cases
Could be self-inflicted. C, did you ever suspect
Cracks in the victim of a suicidal nature?”


Character building curriculum of buck stop
Classifies peace with pacification. Cue:
“Can of worms” on every fractious occasion;
“Coat of arms” - seductive, necessary - now
“Come to terms” more the scrupulous witch-finder


Cusp of an epoch; twitch in the cosmos’s
Curtain of centuries, scenes to challenge
Captive, comatose, prick up curious; scare the
Crap out of lock stock hierarchies, are you sitting
Comfortably? Wretchedly? In your fortification?


Consciousness coils and recurs incognito
Clearing its throat of a stuck fait accompli.
Cools off. When the brain cells are too over-
Crowded, choked with culprits getting off scot-free,
Corrosively racked, screw-balled deciphering
Charades of control. Eases back. Draws deep
Centres: in the heartbeat of beginning. This
Can’t be undone. Only cleaved on the surface.
Cut from its bedrock. Siphoned away, inch by
Cubic inch. Only clawed out mechanically
Crushed under falling masonry, suffocated when
Crucial to archaeological research. Buckled
Concentrically, empirically rubbished; only

Carried through the wreckage, a voice inescapable


Countdown corridors echo diplomat chit-chat
Cash crop prospects, tectonic fundamentals, as we
Cross now to our conflict zone censor and discuss in
Clipped vocabulary: How beyond reproach is a blue chip
Client? How advanced is the carbuncle of theocracy?

Ben Willems © 2014