Flame Retardant Bears

Changing the world, one note at a time…

flame retardant bears … asylum faces … disturbed sleep … exhausted bones … wagons crawl … cars speed by … dared not to be awake … shuteye drained … silver nitrate … on the floor … wounds not healing … photogenic poverty … a suitcase mansion … a card-box city … do I belong here? … with my world belongings … everything wet and dry … a bin bag of a life … a derelict building … my favourite garden … runs down to the river … I'm trapped here in a doorway … I can say I have tried … the old commander could not claim as I do … slid corporate tokens … unleashed leather … tethered dreams … false starts and ambitions … leathered suitcase portfolios … to your endless possibilities … not mine, not mine Sir, No … for I have given up trying … and no man looks at me … we each watch the pavement / sidewalk … it’s sadly fascinating …   sitting in the porch … and the world flows … too many passers-by … I am the ghost … I am the asylum … haunting the machine … its nemesis … its constant reminder … fretfully laughing … invisibly you are crying … hoping for a ray of sun … fruitful in its endeavours … generous with its thoughts … but not with its gifts … its mislaid compassion or cruelty … biting, it bites you hard … I'm going down … down; down; down … down in the asylum urban explorers … picture pleasures … in so many pretty people … try to capture ‘them’ … to cocoon a moment … paralysed in beauty … preserved indefinitely … and you in your finery … you are one step ahead … and I am left behind … swept (away) like abandoned leaves … you could cage me … tame and cleanse the spill … but the cost prohibits … your heart is shallow … and your guilt is empty … try to capture me … but as you hail the Lord ‘prophet’ … you obscure with your smoke screen … asylum face … I am the ghost … here is your asylum … haunting your machine …
I'm going down … down; down; down … down into the asylum … urban exploiters … try to capture me … but I'm one step ahead … with my smoke screen … I am gone; I am gone … vanished and disappeared … into the depths of the asylum …