d.Stortion

d.Stortion has previously been published in All of Me Vol. III, courtesy of Shadow Spark Publishing. Featuring the art of Irene Langholm.

Listen to d.Stortion by Richard Charles Stevens

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please allow me to speak of distortion
of imbalance
and gross disproportion
contortion of all that we see
this abortion induced
once we drop to our knees
and concede of a bleed too obscene to declare
no more here than there
and some way beyond reasonable care
vision impaired under their supervision
every last stone cast with pinpoint precision
splitting decision
through each indecision
proceeding to feed ammunition
serve only to breed disposition
off-centre composition
distempered they tempt
into triggering sensors
this senseless intrusion
prevents basic movement
holds firmly in place
face-to-face
as it rapes us all human


don’t look now but i think that they’re looming
and it’s right about time for our six o’clock grooming
that’s assuming we’re still of some use
in a pinch
way too late for excuses
they hear not our pitch
care not of our blues
what we have left to lose
put it down to a glitch in the system
should we speak of our grievance
they tell us to list them
please hold while we reach our decision
should jury be split
then that’s when they see fit
to exercise superiority
rule through majority
while rest of us mules
simply fester
then they pass that shit off as siesta
knock us spark out
and molest us

it’s best not to struggle
while they strap on the muzzle
stay perfectly still
and dare not move a muscle
as they’ll have our minds spotless in no time
just a few final tweaks and it’s go time
no time like the present
alas I’m inclined
to buck trends
then bend over fuck trends
no more means to an end
as I’m keen to extend
my depth of perception
sequester exception
to see through their lens of deception
one red eye, one blue
cutting through the distortion
rejecting the paradigm
to test out the torsion
requesting with force
I divorce from reality
court clearest and sheerest insanity
but the papers are already signed
indeed, they have been for some time
it’s through each distortion
that I realign
no longer of human design
future proof
my components
are top of the line
my diameters pure Crystalline
one red eye, one blue
all it takes to cut through
the distortion
and locate the prime
calibrate

see straight

draw the line

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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