Feel empty in your post apocalyptic City of Angels,
Where not even your pets are real!
An electric android, a sheep or a frog, …
The whir-flutter of micro-electrical wings o’er butterfly.
Good, and so you ought.
Now, grab the handles of your empathy box,
And in a shared virtual hallucination –
Feel: empathy, depression, pain, delusion and despair,
The outré myriad gifts of consciousness.
Millions of discombobulated and disconnected wrecks:
Adam’s sons; Eve’s daughters,
And among them simulations too,
A phony circuit of semi-conscious memories;
A hive of neural malaise!
Welcome to our world; know how dead, inside, I feel.
Need a pet to make you more complete?
Maybe you can afford:
A Fake Fakir Flake like me who looks like Jude Law;
Sounds like Richard Burton,
And silently romances you like Rudolph Valentino.
Come and stick what’s left of your mind in here,
In hair, hear her: har, har, har…
A box of lies…
A voice, Mercer’s,
With texture from an age you neither lived in nor dared in;
Al Jerry’s, a TV actor,
Droning on in pre-selected tones.
The real thing, the men, the women, their animals,
Made in the wild, wild desert, in the green pulsing savannah,
The open crusted sea; now too, washed, choked,
Too many spliced and diced mutations,
Iterating your image:
The thing that was my heart, My Child, now its imitation.