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Tuesday, December 23, 2014


by Donna Hilbert

The British Prime Minister
fucks a pig in the first episode
of “The Black Mirror”
on prime-time TV,  just as the terrorists
demanded, to save the princess
whom they’d kidnapped
before the first frame.
As incentive, they’ve presented
her severed finger in a box to prove
they’re serious. Mean business.

Sorry to spoil it for you.

But, alas, all plots are spoiled
in this life slipping fast past satire
into theater beyond absurd.
What role would suit you to perform?
Terrorist? Princess? PM? Pig?
Me, I choose to play non-contemplating pig,
happy and innocent in my muck
until evil overtakes me from behind.

Donna Hilbert's latest book is The Congress of Luminous Bodies, 2013, Aoritc Books. She writes, leads workshops, and carps about movies from her home in Long Beach California.