The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #730
(Week of 4 July, 2010)

The term "pseutopia" occurred to me some time ago, and I've been carrying it around on a scrap of paper to remind myself to use it. Given the date upon which I happen to have gotten around to writing this poem, I feel compelled to mention that it is not intended as a commentary on any particular place, especially not one that actually exists. You are, as always, free to interpret it however you wish.

(By the way, if you're thinking Pseutopia would be a great name for a band or a domain, you're right, and I'm sorry to say you're also too late.)


There is a land of grand desires
Of dreamy vistas and creamy choirs
Hygienic dirt and harmless fires
A haven whence the heart aspires
And nothing lurks behind the plaster
Not vermin, rot or grim disaster
Nothing works beneath the floor
To swallow up the prim decor
But hidden by the toothy smiles
Are endless judge and jury trials
Ambition, jealousy and guile
Superiority, denial
Hierarchy of the just
Disproportionate disgust
Miscellaneous mistrust
Noxidizing social rust
The gunk inside of human heads
Vicious viruses that spread
When authoring the universally gleeful
Perhaps it's best to leave out all the people

Copyright © 2010 by Dave Grossman

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