The Free World

Carthaginians in a siege

sacrificed

two hundred boys to Kronos.

O Babylon, O Phoenicia!

Your infidelity makes you

worse than whores

because even prostitutes get

paid.

You pay lovers to lie with you,

building temples of skinny on the big screen:

Fathers who destroy their sons,

mothers who set wolves on daughters;

As Milton turns in his grave,

Ginsberg tapdances at 1010 Montgomery Ave,

and Nietzsche spends his last years,

insane, howling, and alone.

© Alicia Khoo

Singapore, March 2013

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