Friday, June 2, 2017

how to stay safe in twenty-first century war

wear no symbols of faith   badges   T-shirt slogans
            speak very clearly avoiding adjectives   ambiguity
                        better still avoid language entirely

study brands   marketing   economics
            be very rich or very poor
                        don’t look like a victim

judge which people will poison your well
            who will kill your neighbour’s dog
                        who will burn your crops

stay close to home
            wear your home
                        be packed and ready to leave at any hour

practise navigating the streets in darkness without a map
            discover which wild plants and berries are edible
                        prepare to beg

have a plan for bombs   raids   disease
            adapt and modify the plan
                        welcome life without the plan

inhabit the fields as animals do
            move in search of food
                        follow the sun

know that all empires fall in time
            don’t become your enemy
                        learn to wait in the shadows

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