21st Century Schizoid Sonnet

by Sam Rasnake

          — King Crimson as soundtrack


The rich tableaux —

leaf to forest to wind

in the middle of

concrete and steel

where splintered

promises and broken

chains for puppet jaws

freeze the tongues

above the news tickers

then give way to mantra:

forget the napalm

bring the iPhone

The wars are

in the street