Nemesia 7: Questions of Neutrality

  1. Nemesia 7: Questions of Neutrality by  Steve J. Fowler & Patrick Savolainen

Questions of Neutrality

neutralität ist der eisvogel in der hand sein hübsches kleid

hände:

1.

klingelingeling vor der tür hält das wiesel

ein zigarettenschächtelchen voller praller

monde bereit und unterm augenlid das

gentlemannsche angebot wenigstens den

einen hinter die gardinen zu hängen fünf

pfund sterling und ins trockene bachbett

liebe fliesst wieder zünftig lebensstrom

bloss den liebsten brauchst du auszuwechseln

a) danke mir durstet grad nicht

b) bitte ein gläschen um den faulen geruch ausm mund zu spülen

You walk into a house, perhaps it is your house

and none of the dishes have been done.

The bedroom is plastered. There are clothes everywhere, in every awful corner.

It has all been paid for.

There is a weasel, its dead of course, taxidermied, eating your cigarettes.

They remain rowed up like bodies in their case.

Naturally your eyelids twitch.

You notice the underwear is all dirty. But it is dry now.

There are fake five quid notes in your fridge.

And the person you thought you loved, who has never loved you,

has bought you a soda stream machine.

You have a blue slush puppy in your hand.

Happy birthday.

Do you A, clean up

or B, burn the house down.

2.

ein ziemliches wetter galoppiert über den

abendlichen frühlingshimmel im futteral

sucht der kutscher nach dokumenten (das

stöbern von fingern in wolkigem papier

klicken der druckknöpfe) hinter ihm fahren

hoch und tief regelrecht aus der geduld ins

ungemach feierabend wochenende den

druckgebieten brennt allmählich die kehle

da siehst du neben dir den passierschein

im froschteich spiegeln und du entschliesst dich:

a) für den kutscher in die bresche und also zu den fröschen zu springen

b) die wetterfee ihre launen spielen lassen was kümmern dich kleinbauern

You are travelling. There has been a question, a ticking of a boxxx.

Do you journey for work, or for leisure?

You think, inevitably, about how simple the world would be if you could separate the two.

And then it occurs to you

you no longer know what the latter means.

Leisure. It sounds menacing to you now.

A concept with faint smells of totalitarianism.

But what you don’t know is you’re thinking that because you are a soft blurt.

A moaner.

You have read too much and been pampered so hard that you no longer realise how easy your breakfast is.

What gradually burns your throat is a lozenge of love of others. To most.

Your weather is patient, your pressure is light.

Your frog plays fair with the whims of small farmers and other peasants.

Your barely know what work means, so how could you understand leisure?

Do you, A, journey inward

or B, keep pretending, as you munch your pills, this is all working out for you

3.

wer bin ich wer bin ich seit tagen suchst

du nach sinn oder wenigstens sinnen

im bistrotwagen faltet der passionierte

asket saumpfade ins tischtuch und die

fromme hooliganese demontiert im

handumdrehen das abteil du wählst:

a) stehe unberührt wähle keinen weg

b) verstehe die weichen sind gestellt ich bestelle

You’re sixteen and you hear about existentialism from Sasha Grey.

Only you’re not sixteen, you’re 35 and you’re messing around with other people’s lives.

You are attractive only because you are old.

What you are is neither fair, nor neutral, so you have a decision to make.

You hold your face in your hand in the car park of a place that calls itself a bistrot.

It is the midlands, so you hear a man in a raincoat say Bistrott.

You check your phone and contribute to a charity which saves donkeys.

You passionately no longer think what you once thought,.

You wish you hadn’t come to the festival.

You have lots of other things to do.

do you, A, remain still

or B subscribe to the mailing list

4.

ein kleiner gott zupft am ärmel sag

wem schenkst du deinen eifer mir

nicht wie mir scheint wem schenkst

du deine zweifel mir nicht wie mir

scheint wie isst du deine tausend

jährigen eier und mit wem?:

a) wie äpfel in spalten kein besonderes zeremoniell

b) allein mit den farben

 

You didn’t mean it, but now you are a little god and you’re well sick.

Your horse is watching you phone the zoo.

It is eating apples with zeal and laying its thousand year old eggs.

You used to think she, your horse, was half alright

but then she made you feel that she wasn’t just a means of transport.

do you, A, ride into battle, because neutrality in the face of oppression is cowardice?

or B, start a glue factory.

5.

adler dir einen himmel

verblasster gedanken

der abend hat pfirsiche

gepachtet du bist ein

frekventierer von bars

und bibliotheken steigst

waidmännisch durchs

städtische flirren von

punkt zu punkt europas

mark europas märkte

europas waschsalons

antikvare kioske und

backssteinreihenhäuser

agnus dei die wirtin

serviert nachschlag

wie du fragebögen

ausfüllst neutral genug

dich um neutralität

nicht kümmern zu

müssen was spittelen

dich meinungen was

juckt dich politik der

abend hat pfirsiche

gepachtet und der

morgen reicht uns

rosinen

a) _______________

b) _______________

You are an eagle of pure beauty.

That is – you eat the sky of

fading thoughts

but do not know

what the word

aquiline means.

The sky is not neutral.

It is owned, and it is full.

Of planes, of other birds,

of kites, and drones,

and maybe, depending on your postcode,

missiles.

You rail against the closure of libraries

but never use one.

You rail against the closure of a continent

but never use one

Is metaphor neutral?

Does it depend on the content, or not? You wonder.

What you know is this

you are neutral enough

to still be alive,

to say do not worry

to have to spit

on fruit

to clean it.

do you a) _______________

or do you b) _______________

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