in light / in silence / infinite

from by Wes Braver

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You surveil the party from above
With unblinking malice
It was thrown in your honor, but not for your benefit
And lo, what tortured wires expel themselves forth from your analog flesh!
Orthodoxy-moronic Soviet decadence, marble, hammers, sickles
Infinitely recursive mirrors, east to west
And a comically large crystal chandelier
(That would be a Chekhov’s prop if we weren’t so late in the second act)
Rotting into the deep red walls are a hundred little landscapes
Which tell us nothing but the big picture
They remind you of the epilogue of Crime and Punishment, which was optimistic
(Though you read it as merely the least effective dream sequence in the novel).

Vladimir Putin’s bag man, a comrade named Lucifer, sent you the message
Your request for asylum has been granted
Sonia became a pawn broker for ex-pats in Moscow
They trade in slightly out-of-date gadgets for petty rubles
You warn her of pawn breaking, “it is a deadly profession”
But you have no ground to stand on
You who took espionage as yours
And took pride in the risk

You hold with Raskolnikov, in his antagonistic belief
That great men are obligated to break the law in order to progress justice
Of course you and Raskol and everyone else who believes this also believes themselves to be counted among those upper echelons
And you’ve seen the metadata, which suggests that nearly everyone feels this way, and among artists, it is ubiquitous.
However, it is sheer, shiny arrogance to say it out loud.
So you descend to the party, and live it.
In light, and in silence, forever.


from METADATA, released August 15, 2015



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Wes Braver Brooklyn, New York

Wes Braver is a musical theatre writer and performer, electronic music producer, and film composer from Washington, D.C., now based in Brooklyn, NY. He has written three original musicals, "Time's Square 2090," "Hear No Evil in the Year 2090," and "Galapago." "METADATA" is his debut album. ... more

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