Ode to Coltan

 

 

( essential element of your phone

and blood-product of the Congo War)

 

Five milligrams in your ear

and five million dead

 

for a geoviral app

a genocidal rape

 

your superfast microprocessor

hacked from a hill of mud

 

your microchip capacitor

sieved from a heap of slag

 

unlocking the data flow

with a handful of clotted dirt

 

and slaking the global thirst

with a mouthful of metal dust

 

a few minutes extra free talk

for an infinity of silence

 

your neck severed at the nape

for the price of an upgrade

 

 

David Amery
Pic Nick Victor

 

 

 

 

 

 


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