Escape Pod

When the ship is doomed
abscond for the escape pod
as mourner’s weep
and mechanical pulleys gently lower it in,
you know you’re the one
who’s gotten away scot free
the crime was life
living, the perfect crime
an assault against matter’s natural inanimacy
self-replicancy in the first degree

My God! What have you done
just to be alive?

but you might say
you were forced into this life
this life of crime
drawn into it by other living criminals
but justice will be paid by you alone
no defense, no alibi, no evidence will suffice
to exonerate you of your misdoings
the penalty is death, and it’s your escape
the coffin, your escape pod
and bon voyage
you’re going home to the natural state


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