Sam Silva

 

 

Prelude To An Oriental Caesar

 

True to Russian form

Stravinsky with his existential genius

...his brilliantly choreographed strands of atonal

musical tissue

...threw a pagan relic

at his poshly decadent Orthodox Christian audience

 

...unlike Molotov enjoying a cocktail

all that they could muster back

was a rotten tomato or two

 

about the time of Europe's imperial peek

when the gods of War came together in friendship

and celebrated  such wealth

 

by butchering young men and boys

with machine guns

where in a slightly earlier age

they were sent down holes

to extract minerals

for the gods of money

for  factories

of tin

and beef!

 

In the New portion

of the white World

Hollywood

gave up a coarser art

 

celebrating such things

as love

and racism

 

...and quite soon thereafter assembly lines

of machine driven cars all painted black

and boxed formulaic

 

redirected the machinery

of a Midwestern city

where non human mules

became obsolete

 

till fascism gave way to hamburgers

in that kind of unrestricted gluttony

which may now

by all accounts

cause the planet to warm

and suffocate.

 

 

Sam Silva © 2019