The formidable flatfish

With formidable presence, the flatfish of the future
cradles liberty for deadbeat voters, bread and circuses
lifted off the grounds of local parks, chanting falsehoods
in perfect disguise of his words air seems coherent.
On flat-screen monitors his fins direct the choruses,
and his specific drums’ schematic lure us into trance.
There is a certain type of lie, that borrows strength
from ligatures and bones, there’s decay of flesh
with smell of flowers and there are winning losers
amplified in flatfish-words and our ecstatic dance
is melting glaciers fueled by flames of fossil fuel.
We burn like ice, and as fungi our fingers gorge
the eyes of walled-in danaids. We are the supplicants.
We are the armed. We’re strong. We’re flatfish followers

Bes the ancient Egyptian dwarf god.

Bes the ancient Egyptian dwarf god.


Today Abhra tends the bar for Open Link at dVerse. Today I just started to write and came up with this political allegory. Any connection to a specific candidate might not be coincidental.

January 7, 2015

47 responses to “The formidable flatfish

  1. Smart and clever personification of a politician as a flatfish…with the line with ‘borrows’, I thought of a slant rhyme – ‘furrowed’, as brow or eyebrows ;0

  2. The flatfish of the future… what a great comparison. The politicians do give us a lot to work with these days.

  3. A very strong perspective on the politics of our time~ I specially admire these lines:

    On flat-screen monitors his fins direct the choruses,
    and his specific drums’ schematic lure us into trance.
    There is a certain type of lie, that borrows strength
    from ligatures and bones, there’s decay of flesh

    Happy OLN ~

  4. Kudos for the stunning allegory; our politicians have taken up Kabuki mixed with carnival barkers, hootchy-koochy dancers, bearded ladies & dancing dwarves. We fear for the rise of Flatfish in Flatbush, DC.

      • Your poetry has matured too and changed. It’s always amazing to me that this is not your first and possibly not even your second language. You guys embarrass those of us who have only learned and still haven’t mastered English! Kudos.

  5. Oooh, an angry and satirical political statement, yet funny and subtle. I like this very much!
    Although, I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure what this means – it sort of resonates, but am clueless where it’s going:
    ‘as fungi our fingers gorge
    the eyes of walled-in danaids.’

  6. Hiya Bjorn, Very powerful and pointed piece – both enjoyed and resonated with this. Would be good to see you write more about this aspect of life – you have the equipment and presence to do this. Strong start to the New Year, I think… With Best Wishes Scott

  7. chanting falsehoods in perfect disguise
    of his words air seems coherent.

    Churning and chanting falsehood certainly the mark of politicians through the ages. Funny enough there are always the followers who stay around and happy picking up on the crumbs!

    Hank

  8. We shall overcomb! Ha! Excellent poem on politics in any of our varied countries but one certain overcombed and bombastic politician in the US immediately sprang to mind. Powerful statement and at the same time, wickedly and funnily sarcastic.

  9. Oh my how much more formidable was your poem hearing it read by you … gave me the shivers as I saw the games of flatfish and followers the world-round.

  10. I like your choice of the flatfish for your metaphor as some species can camouflage themselves on the bottom of the ocean. Sometimes I wonder about the real reason behind one candidate’s presidential run and whether he’s wearing false colors..

  11. Very scary. “We are the armed. We’re strong. We’re flatfish followers”. Chilling. How did we get to this place – where blatantly flawed to-the-point-of-freak-like narcissists, are a viable option as world leaders?

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