Takeaway to Aidan Semmens –

Hello. I am a feature
on a CCTV camera, with
private resonance. At
the top floor, I
can barely sleep for the sound of gunfire.
I hear the poetry when I order a pizza.

Still there, are you?
…‘yeah, vegetarian cheese that’s correct, please’…
the signal is fading.

Hello. Bullet, welcome
back to my flesh.
We are both refugees, I gather,
my dear child what remains of a street, a sequence
when the memory is no longer needed?

Yeah, call me Bob for short
or just B. Capital B.
Call me death or whatever you want
and put an end to
this age of anxiety.


Maria Stadnicka

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5 Responses to Takeaway to Aidan Semmens –

  1. Michael Morlock says:

    They Live – One of the most important films of all time. Alarmingly prescient.

    • Tom says:

      Actually today is Holocaust memorial, not a day to just remember the persecution of the Jewish nation but all of the crimes perpetrated against the individual. Today we can remember the disenfranchised of England who through Tory policies have been persecuted and those who have died. Has anything changed really, or are we somewhere back in the 1920/30’s?

  2. Maria Stadnicka says:

    Thank you for pointing it out, Michael. In thirty years, since ‘They Live’ was released, very little has changed for the better. Humanity has worked to improve its EQ (economic quotient) and, as a result, we now talk about fast food education, health, politics, defence, justice, arts. I remember reading an article in ‘The New York Times’ (‘Capitalism Eating Its Children’, Roger Cohen, 2014) and thinking …have we grown too big to fail?

  3. Maria Stadnicka says:

    Refreshing points of view, Tom. Thank you for sharing. Maria

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