A Record of Our Religious Fanaticism

A Record of Our Religious Fanaticism

A Record of Our Religious Fanaticism 

A

Once it takes possession of you –
Sink the needle
And the damaged, underlying record crackles warmly

…Spin…
And your revolutions carry you from now to when
An old man
Setting sun
You converse with a young busker about your own musical ordeal

Still in its possession
To have and to hold
A grip you cannot sever
In sickness and in health
On this turn of the wheel
For richer or (usually) poorer
A thousand dreams reduced to one attitude incarnate

…Crackle…
…Spin…
Myth
Immeasurable
Venerate the subjective in
Matter-of-fact
Down-to-earth
Tones-semitone

B

Tone-tone-semitone
Rise and fall with
Flailing arms on
Dance floors, in
Warehouses, and
Accompany every
Defiance, submittal
Fight and flight

You can run from yourself
Walk on water
Hump it through the eye of a needle
But you cannot escape its possession
Always compelled by this culture-bound syndrome
Unless driven out into a herd of pigs
To take flight into a river and drown

It begins when the arm drops
And ends, leaves the groove and ascends
Waives
The offence of possession, goodbye
Absolved for now

Samsara; change the record
Again it takes possession of you –
Sink the needle
And the damaged, underlying record crackles warmly

© John Lowndes 2012

This poem was published in tHE zEEN, Issue 08, September 2012. Picture by Arron Anderson. http://www.thezeen.com

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