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
maybe
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
remember
there are hidden cameras
everywhere
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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