Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hologram Family Robinson

The Hologram Family Robinson
lives nowhere because they don't exist. 
"You're projecting," they sneer at each other,
bloodless
boneless
auto-tuned assholes that they are.

They become peevish.
They become representations of reptiles
dying in a dream sequence involving a tar pit or peat bog.
"Discover us," they plead.
"Split our rock with a hammer, release us, love us."
But they are assholes, 
and like love
good advice
or last night's dinner,
everything goes right through them.
"Hail, signalman!" they cry, larynxless
like insects in the rotting ear of a dead man. 
_______

for "Unhappy Refrain" at Toads. I recycled a comment I left at Paper Tiger for this.

9 comments:

Toni Spencer said...

Wow. You rocked this one Shay. Right on.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wowzers. This sizzles. There is a lot of reptilian consciousness in evidence these days. Nailed it.

hedgewitch said...

Way too many like this out there--though they are neither as picturesque nor as poetic perhaps, as your example. I particularly like "auto-tuned assholes." That seems to say it all. And sadly, I don;t think there's any cure for assholery.

Sioux Roslawski said...

and like love
good advice
or last night's dinner,
everything goes right through them.
"Hail, signalman!" they cry, larynxless
like insects in the rotting ear of a dead man.

I especially love those last six lines, and had to smile over the "last night's dinner" line.

annell said...

I think you nailed it on this one!!!

Kerry O'Connor said...

This is such a clever response to these times in which we live - on point and irony which verges on tragedy.. the last image is most telling of all.

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh damn the reptiles and their snapping discourse!

Marian said...

"You're projecting!!" cried the asshole. Yeah, I've had enough of that for sure.

willow_switches said...

most apropos - and wonderful expansion - I'm glad you picked up on the unspoken, undercurrent in my words and ran with it into the realms of absolute precision for the illusions, and projections (holograms are so totally weird) ... this is first rate!