The participle principle

Is this future or past?
I do not understand

dancers forced on laps,
buildings designed to collapse,

the internet conspiracy of connection,
the falsity of viagra erections,

a modern-day mantra of Why me?,
the disintegration of accountability,

people scarred by one another,
a steroid or rohypnol subculture,

girls who would rather be bought,
boys who prefer not to be taught.

It is the age of lament
and we rage to know:

Is this future or past?

The participle principle

msdebbie

Joined March 2009

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Artist's Description

The title is a pun on the way participles work across past, present and future.

I’ve written previously about tweaking poems to meet specific guidelines and the 2012 Poetry in Film Festival (PIFF). So, out of my poem Twisted I’ve now got another entry for PIFF, alongside Alert & Alarmed.

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