The Fall of Communism

What do you hear, see, smell…. taste….

perhaps feel – definitely touch

when you come out of

train stations in Eastern

(‘the New’) Europe(s)????

Do you pray to the tombs of

proletarian martyrs, or weep withinfall of communism

ubiquitous abandoned factories –

do you lament

the facelessness of

drab stalinist ‘architecture’?

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

This constellation disseminates –

It is right in your face –

the spoils of the cold war…

trivialisation, humiliation and rape,

sex trafficking, desolate streets, drugs –

this fatal desperation of many peoples,

still coming to terms….. surreal confusion –

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

As they try to take away our lives here,

as we see with healthcare etc. now &

the trains before (and the buses)

nationalised dental care….  education >

(or prevent us from even

wishing and willing it) &

all the rest, all the rest, all the rest –

in this very second, right now –

let us prick up our ears for once

and stop this demonic quaternary,

this endless, inexorable repetition of

a fourfold of triumphalist conquest –

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop et. al

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

McDonalds, Burger King, KFC, Sex Shop

Their advertisements infiltrate your very dreams

They shatter you when you shop, you shopper

you acquiesce to the machinations of power –

but you do not even really notice it, not at all –

Do you know where I can go to have some fun?

Get something to eat?

Use the bathroom?

You know, somewhere nice?

Do you know where I can go to buy a slave?

Can I have some fries with that?

 

To listen to Luchte performing this poem, please visit The Fall of Communism

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