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Saturday, 15 June 2013

POEM FOR SNOWDEN #7: MCMENEMY



Knowledge is power so what

Alright. So, when all this stuff was going –
All this information stuff, this knowledge
Stuff – this medium we move through like air
or water, stuff – was pouring in the ear,
in the pocket, of Boss Google, of Boss
Facebook, this was all okay? The fuss
now suggests so, or more suggests an outrage
not at being bought but being bought
At second hand. There’s naught so bad as knowing –
Knowing what you’re worth and what you’re not.

So now we know; so what are we to do
With this new-won knowledge; so now we know
And cannot say next time “we never knew”;
So what – we always knew, didn’t we? So.


Paul McMenemy is editor of Poetry Weekly (www.poetryweekly.co.uk)
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