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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