Googling the Word Madness by James Babbs
Pudding Magazine #56

right away
I realize my mistake
four songs listed for
the British pop/ska band
including their big ‘80s hit
Our House
then a combat game
based on some cartoon series
I’ve never heard of before
by somebody named Krinkels
I should’ve used insanity
or mental illness
but those terms
don’t sound poetic enough to me
I expected to find
images of this room
high-definition videos of myself
walking around the house
sitting at the computer
watching myself
sitting at the computer
there are hidden cameras
they have surveillance
lurking around every corner
I swear
last night I spotted something
moving outside my window
even shadows are living
breathing creatures now
don’t you understand
they’ve taken every one of our lives
broken them down into strings of data
I feel numbers in my dreams
pursuing me
through endless forests of glass
I taste colors
buried in the foods I eat
listen to me
before it’s too late
they’re everywhere and
we have only ourselves to blame

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