Coffee; Monday; The Morning’s Erasure

Oh, sweet bitterness.

Oh, sweet wakeful bitterness.

Upon the dawn, the ascending sherbet sky,
Wake a thousand thousand bleary eyes,
Snooze buttons lacerated nine minutes apiece,
Pendulously blearing, proceeding apace;
Malformed half-thoughts traversing the head
In the confines, the crevices of one’s bed.

Shearing off regrets, half forgotten –
Succumbing to the haze of shower steam
That swills amongst the flickering glaze
Of grim florescent tubes, ubiquitous,
Casting in our pallid wake
A distant urge to conquer fate.

And so it all begins, as a thousand times before –
The ties that knot, the ties that bind
The painted faces, ornamented bodies
Or for those less fancifully fated
A garb, a sheaf, a uniform –
A formless form that sanctifies the norm.

From such beginnings might one find
That soulful sustenance to spark one’s toil –
To win some daily bread, le pain victoire
A percolation in a cup, a glass, a mug,
A burbling potion darkly loamy,
O! The daily grind.

Rainbows springing from muddy waters,
Wilted eyes rekindle thence,
Brimming with a beaming gaze, a buoyant spring,
Ringing in an effervescent moment
Where life, the harshest mistress,
Is now quite the pleasant thing.

Then we seek another and another,
Like a fledgling babe to mother’s teat,
Overclocking ’till the clock complies
And we might scurry, to home as to away,
To crumple in a ball and crash vehemently,
Before tomorrow’s joe again holds sway.

First They Came… Internet Edition

Curtailing your liberties in the name of freedom.

Curtailing your liberties in the name of freedom.

First they came for torrent trackers, and I did not speak out, because I wasn’t downloading from them. (Often, anyway.)

Then they came for MegaUpload, and I did not speak out, because I wasn’t storing files in the cloud.

Then they came for Aaron Swartz, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Aaron Auernheimer, and Barrett Brown, and I did not speak out, because I wasn’t a hacktivist.

Then they came for Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Microsoft, and I did not speak out, because I wasn’t working for Google, Apple, Yahoo!, Facebook, or Microsoft.

Then they came for LavaBit and Secret Circle, and I did not speak out, because I use unencrypted email.

Then they came for GrokLaw, and I did not speak out, because I wasn’t a legal activist.

Then they came for me, and no one spoke out, because I was the only person left on the internet.