Songs before the end of
history, an introduction to collected poems
by Tarek Hassan
Saturday, June 21, 2003
SONGS BEFORE THE END OF HISTORY
to collected poems by Tarek Ali Hassan from Egypt
Last pictures taken during some last sightings in
the previous century of Homo sapiens,
before the end of
history and before the final disappearance of full stature humans
and the reign of digital computers statistics, cross nationals and
absolute 0/1 materialitis.
Songs before the end of history,
when the Stradivarius violin and Mozart shall be experienced as
nothing but a pathetic anachronism and their tones nothing but
meaningless last squeaks drowned in the thumping of heavy metal
electric guitars and drum machines, and the humming of hard disks,
guided missiles and the non-stop assault of vested interest mass
media having sold its soul to the military-industrial complex.
Long live the new species of human beings, drug dependent
and diminished into drooling open mouthed imbecility, screaming
jumping hysterical in quasi ecstasy to convince themslves how free
and happy they are.
Depending on uncontrollable armies and
unaccountable secret services to protect them, as they lose all
control of their destiny to faster and more efficient electrons and
electronic considerations pre-empting all human decision or human
will born out of living imagination, love or vision.
homo, behold the man.
Behold the new human species brandish
with the greatest pride, their progressive loss of freedom, chosen
limitation, diminution and helpless dependence on mystified forces
as diabolic circuits are operated for to ensure that everybody feels
threatened by every body else as they crave acceptance, protection
and safety from the harm of the all-powerful threats and the
reigning digitised electronic forces and counterforces.
Behold man prisoner of his own protective electronic
fire-walls which understand not and tolerate not deviation or any
“other”, from within or from without.
The fatal catch is
that all life is born “other”! so what next?
and not all
the oceans in a creator's dream
not the perfumes of infinite
not the fires of present hells and of hells unborn
not torrents of murdered blood
sacrificed on altars
can clean this
THE LIVING STAIN
thus spoke Osiris the prophet and Camus and Ghandi
how about the other “profit”; BSE(when the life-blind profit motive
fed Nature’s natural herbivores on offal and blood and erupted a new
disease encepahalo-materialitis BSE.
and there is no limit
to the new deadly viruses that can erupt from these life and nature
blind powers and greed
and how about virtual reality
life-blind free market, globalisation, electronitis and the end
in the brave new world
and the new prophet
if life can not be cleaned
it certainly can be
and Eric Damman warns
your money or your life
And Kofi Enan says
If globalisation does
not work for all
In the end it will work for no one
copyright Tarek Hassan, 16 Zenab Kamel Hassan Street,
Dokki,12311, Cairo, EGYPT, E-mail email@example.com,