Choker of the Apes [Today's News Poem, February 17, 2012]
Property is theft; likewise is the self.
Selfness is the lapse, folly and betrays.
Ownership is flaw, ego and the self's
Selfish, and a slave; prayer of the false teeth.
Self is a desire—nothing like our maw.
Atoms and your tears give you to ourselves.
Polymers of life, lifelines on a string,
Billions on our neck: choker of the apes.
“DURING Mr. Soleri’s long tenure, Arcosanti evolved into a surprising anachronism: a company town. The product line? Handmade bells and heady theories about imaginary cities, or “arcologies.” Ordinary capitalism — independent businesses and privately held homes — was anathema.”
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