the last sin
  pale ashen sky
a bleary eye
clouds of recurring screams...
i am a zoo
  an octopus leviathan
tentacles into an ocean
of unformed emotions...
syphilis and love  
  syphilitic pall
stifles the clear blue
i contort...
shell and pearl
  amidst highs and lows
in life's ocean flows
a shell peony-mouthed...
i am an unmarried mother
  fed on stings
of barbed milk morality
my child-plankton...
the lovers
  cell upon cell
bridge of their union
hung on the pillars...
  ogre of age
and time cavil
at a warm picture...
the young today
  innocence thaws
at the altar
of ambition...

minority report

it's 2054 ad neon lit washington d.c.
the holiest of holy lands america is free of crime
a vision powered by three psychic pre-cognitives
result of a genetic reengineering experiment gone wrong
which predict murders before they happen deja vu
and precrime cops glide from the sky to prevent
what could have been another sordid felony

behind the slick gloss pace
and the stark cold bluish feel
apparently spielberg used a bleaching process
to strip the rosy glow from the reel
the film raises metaphysical questions
about human freedom and the choices one must make
would a world free of crime
be liberated from the machinations
of human ambitions?

pre-cogs live in a time vacuum called temple
would they be the divinity of the new age
of retina scans vertical cities personal flying machines
talking animated advertising kiosks voice-activated houses
crystal-clear computer monitors and tabular prison cells
spielberg assembles hi-fidelity candies a cast of futurists
and tom cruise who gets into the skin of john anderton
the haunted drug-abusing chief of precrime unit
ironically accused of a 'future' murder of a man
he hasn't even met
and makes philip k. dick sci-fi cautionary tale
come alive with dexterity and characteristic aplomb
only it does get a trifle overbearing
and occasionally meanders into philosophical subtexts
terrific almost iconic behaviour-altering imageries
in bizarre squelchy bunuelesque scenes
like rudimentary replacement of eyes notwithstanding

is it possible for pre-cogs to be always right?
after all, they are human
so what if they float on water and have spent the last six years
of their lives as guinea pigs of dehumanising science
and humans by construct are fallible
what if one of them dissents and gives a report to the contrary
a minority report
can you incarcerate a man on the basis of probability?

would you like intelligent spiders to crawl
into your child's bedroom or your warm saunas
to read retinas so that you can be free from crime?

( 31 July 2002 )