Marxism

vacant eyes and vapid stares

automatons moving in perfect synchrony

charted schedules, scheduled charts

     every minute of every day

     fixed, fussed and faded

     into a single endless stream

     of boring mindless routine

hands moving, without volition or intention

     yet still with precision

     forming, pressing, molding

     to replicate another replicate

          countless copies of the same cloying monotony

          over, and over, and over again

where is the spark of imagination

     of creation and invention

doomed to be lost forever

     in assembly line production.

Flora Anne R. Palabrica, 2012-24581

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2 thoughts on “Marxism

  1. Awesome poem. I especially like the finishing verse:
    “where is the spark of imagination

    of creation and invention

    doomed to be lost forever

    in assembly line production.”

    It captures well the problem with such a dystopian society, which may play out differently in real life from on paper. The ‘spark’ that is human creativity, ingenuity, and innovation is a key element to our being, and is one of the things that defines humanity and sets us apart. May we never lose it.

  2. While reading this, so many images of the Industrial Revolution entered my head. I also like how you ended the poem with those 4 lines. Well-written poem, Flora!

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