Dogs 2005

PARTICLE SOCIETY
(10/24/05)


I've
been away
for a while
caught up
with work
relationships
and other pending
social obligations

they are things
to which I wouldn't
choose to attend
but they are
the people
places
and things
demanding
my attention

and what
dictates
that these
perceived responsibilities
be met?

society dictates

and what
is society?

society is
the sum collection
of all perceptions
that lay between
reality
and our
fragile egos

and what makes
these perceptions
necessary?

the need
to place ourselves
above
our environment
in a controlling
and dominating
position

these perceptions
are comprised
of functional elements
which I've named
SOCIETRONS
defined as
the most basic of
rationalizations required
to egotistically translate
any given reality
into an advantage
for humankind
over the nature
that gave birth to us
and that will one day
watch us weakly
expire with a
whimper

societrons
are just as elusive
as the most basic
of subatomic particles
those "objects"
passing from existence
to non-existence
with no rhyme
or reason
and just
when we think
that we've found
and defined one
it changes into something
completely different
and ceases to exist
as the original item
under investigation
due entirely
to the simple fact
that we looked
at it

truth and lies
in clever combinations
are the quarks
composing the societrons
virtually impossible
to see individually
but as a group
they appear
as a shining light
a beacon
to guide our race
through another moment
of existence

we still
have the option
of choosing to ignore
these conventions
but to do so
would be a threat
to society
as a whole
causing it
to act defensively
declaring us to be
either criminals
lunatics
or heretics

a pocketful
of societrons
wouldn't buy you
much in the material
intellectual
or spiritual sense
but they will
buy you
all the security
that you need
to walk around in public
for at least
one more
fragile day

my pockets
jingling
I go back
to work