AJ Reid

Notes from the Paradise Peninsula

Month: June 2017


When I’m gone and turned to dust,
You’ll still click my link, I trust,
Give us a like or even a love,
I’ll be watching from above,
If creation truly be not a sin,
Maybe my uploads will get me in?

Followers come and followers go,
Like lovers you never really know,
Unless they too have uploaded theirs,
And put in order their affairs,
So that they can also live forever,
By seeding clouds with their endeavour,
Hoping there might come a rain,
To drop them back to earth again,
If only to give a vague idea,
Of what it meant when they were here.

Will doc files cleanse the streets,
And bring on revolution?
Bedroom wavs rock halls of power,
Halting executions?
Will jpegs of outstanding worth,
Become like stained-glass,
Worshipped by some hipster,
Still talking out of his arse?

But what happens when,
The wind blows again,
And we all take shelter below?
If we survive,
Will we be deprived,
Of the things that we love and know?
If the cloud blows away,
And the authorities say,
That it was always our decision,
We submitted and signed,
We’ll become deaf and blind,
Under a deluge of derision,
Incision and division bells,
Silencing the voices,
That scream against the toughened glass,
Of gilted Rolls-Royces.

Take your books below with you,
And cherish all your vinyl,
So that if the cloud should fall as rain,
Your ecstasy won’t be final.


The Tory Commandments

1. You shall have no other Gods except her nibs.
2. You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it, unless it’s good for the economy.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, unless you’re really desperate during an election campaign.
4. You shall remember and keep the Sabbath day holy.  Be sure to remind any zero-hours, minimum wage plebs working for you that day.
5. Respect your father and mother, especially when the dementia tax comes into effect.
6. You must not commit murder, but selling arms to extremist regimes to bomb kids in schools and hospitals is by proxy, so it’s fine.
7. You must not commit adultery unless it’s with a dead pig’s head.
8. You must not steal, unless you’re stealing from an entire country and it’s really, really worth it.
9. You must not give false evidence against your neighbour, but we’ll always let this one slide if you work for Uncle Rupert.
10. You must not be envious of your neighbour’s goods, but if you are, you can always redistribute publicly owned assets in two-for-one deals for your family and friends.

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