Jonathan ROBIN

Freshman - 749 Points (22 September / London)

Paved With Good Intentions - Poem by Jonathan ROBIN

Full employment, life's enjoyment, social change serene, sustained,
has been game's aim since forever, cycles passed and fame's flames waned.
Spy inherent contradictions in between ways gleaned means stretched,
double binds' recycled ball-game till dread reaper soul has fetched.

No solution simple offers panacea for man's ills
Venus Project puss and pimple can't steer clear, life's bitter pills
all must learn from, joy grief earn from, second thoughts soon span Man's years,
in despond's vale altruism falls on unreceptive ears.

Human Rights light lantern calling generations to reform,
one step forwards two draw backwards face recurrent 'perfect storm'.
Brave New World won't be straightforward, more straitjacket seems the term
politicians won't relinquish oversight of stem cell, sperm.

End result: most good intentions role reversed by fear and greed
pave Hell's road, forbade dissensions, soul dispersed, can scarce succeed.
Information access doubles each decade as budget cuts
fragilize fair freedom stubble weeds what once were well ploughed ruts.

Fossil fuels, rare metal mines and border skirmish for control
of supplies of rare earth, water, course through narrow human soul
since Neanderthal was banished by species Sapiens self-styled,
Venus, Mars in opposition, can but fail though far and wide
old souls flock from time-lock fleeing, and all-seeing bias pierce,
vested interests, blind traditions, putting up resistance fierce.

Scientific research calls have Chinese walls dissolved worldwide
change accelerates more change as strange inventions coincide,
coin fresh phrases, neath scythed daisies democracy forgotten lies,
what remains? grid matrix masters, top-down pressures, carbon skies.

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(18 May 2013)

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Poem Edited: Wednesday, August 28, 2013


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