25 March 2006


              The Bureaucracy

              We are a cold hard part
              of a necessary process,

              repeating through the
              years repeating.

              Our names are soon forgotten,
              our faces do not endure,

              and as we pass on and on,
              failing like a memory,

              only our most tenacious
              errors will survive,

              take root, cling to life
              like slow, steady infections

              entrenched in the rigid bodies
              of our harsh institutions,

              repeating through the
              years repeating.
posted by Gilbert at Saturday, March 25, 2006

3 Comments:

Blogger dreamer idiot said...

Very, very powerful poem...I think. The first stanza (two lines) encapslates what bureaucracy often is... the assonance of hard (heart) part... "a necessary process" with its sharp ironic recognition. I also really like how bring in the tedium and mechanility of "repeating".

By the way, who is the artist and what is the name of the picture/painting for this post? I think I have seen it somehwere but cn't remember. It is hauntingly chilling, and in some ways, quite apt for this poem which marks the coldness and deathlike processes of bureaucarcy.

March 27, 2006  
Blogger the cloned corpse of marcus tal said...

I have experienced this all too much in my previous life. Prognatious wheels do grind...

March 30, 2006  
Blogger Gilbert Koh said...

Thank you both.

Artist is Giger, who does creepy comic books etc and also was the chap involved for the "Alien" movies (Sigourney Weaver); remember those nasty man-eating critters which laid eggs in their human host ...?

March 31, 2006  

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