Like a fallen leaf

Like a fallen leaf fallen into the slowly rising water
Just as a gushing flood arrives
And takes it down the slope into collected debris
So my life has been swept away by event
Swept up and twisted round in the current
The modern age has left no one sitting on their doorstep
Everyone has gone indoors to safety to plan
Everything you do must be planned
Every dotted line must be followed by a signature
When a tradesman hands you a bill it has the full force of the law
You pay it and you leave from one territory to another
Branded, commercialised, designed, landscaped land
Of each individual of each front door of each new wave
Each new wave that picks you up and takes you away
Into the Bermuda triangle of history where everything converges

Borders are being kicked down by the weight of immigration
Shop windows are being smashed by the hordes of protesters
Each are being crossed by people escaping war
Channels are being crossed by people seeking new lives
New trails across continents are breaking down fences
New populations are flowing into old populations
It’s unstoppable, it’s relentless and it’s sad
Old homes are being sacked; old villages are left in rubble
The places that are being founded are founded on crumbling societies
Every small disaster every small crisis makes spaces smaller to live in
Everyone hope Is attached to the lifestyle of the wealthy
And in their shadow poverty grows and misery increases

The doorstop neighbours are gone
A generation has gone extinct
The doorstop neighbourhood has been rubbed out
Their bones lost beneath old sideboards
A sackful of commodities hung in the air
Someone with a rifle cut it open
Washing machines, televisions and hairdryers
Exploded in the sky and fell like rain
The doorstop neighbours sighed and left the scene
They left the children skipping in the streets
They left the horses for cats meat
But they set free the caged songbird
One world has been replaced by another
One world has been brought by another
The foundations of an old world are buried under the new one
The wisdom of the old world has been replaced by a new wisdom
The new lifestyle grows like a mountain range moving on a sea of mud
The new lifestyle consume the earth and expects the gods to help
Sit down on your doorstep and watch the procession
The people walking by with the stones of monuments
Like when a rich society fell apart
And the poor used the marble of palaces to put in their doorways

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