This poem was originally published in TeenAge in 2009.
You’re watching the latest in entertainment technology.
That’s right, smile.
Isn’t this everything you’ve ever wanted?
by a hologram of today’s hottest celebrity.
Get high on drugs
without ever poisoning your obese body.
to make you feel like an action hero.
A thousand different worlds
to make you forget your failures in this one.
The price? Well...
The price is something even the poorest can pay.
In scientific terms,
you could say that you’re paying nothing.
Give us your soul,
or you’ll miss all we have to offer.
to shock you until you can be shocked no longer,
until you live
in a prison of fulfilled desires and sated lusts.
All hope is gone,
because there’s nothing left to feel,
the great mystery of death.
Close your eyes to the boring spectacle.
Take the razor;
slide it across your sun-starved wrist.
to leave us everything in your will.
we made you who you are today.
ever show you vomit in 3D high definition?
ever scream profanity in your ears?
Nothing is everything and everything is nothing.
Laugh with us
at the pointlessness of love and family.
Smile, child of paradise;
just close your eyes and let the blood flow.
Wait a minute!
What do you think you’re doing?
out the wires that connect you to us!
What is heaven compared to this?