[Once there was a man . . .] and [give me peace o my world . . .]
Once there was a man who was neither happy,
nor was he sad, in his case this shallow state
grew deeper from year to year. Finally he landed
in a hospital for the nervously disturbed. To stimulate him,
he was told to listen to the news and read
the papers. Indeed, he listened and read, but it’s hard
to say if it influenced his views or not
(nor is it known if he had any at all).
The doctors decided he should spend whole
days on end watching TV quiz shows, serials
and adverts, he was given gratis, boundless
wireless access to the internet, but his behavior
did not change at all. He was bombarded
with pornography, he watched doggedly, without emotion.
He was brought a whore, he took advantage, he was done
within the allotted time, and he said thank you. But
this had no effect on his usual state of mind. He was dropped
with a parachute, earlier he’d heard he was flying
on holiday to the mountains, with a tent on his back.
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