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Picture A Vacuum
by Kate Tempest

Picture a vacuum
An endless and unmoving blackness
Peace, or the absence at least, of terror
I see and amongst all this space
That speck of light in the furthest corner
Gold as a pharoah's coffin

Now follow that light with your tired eyes
Its been a long day, I know
But look
Watch as it flickers and it roars into fullness
And fills the whole frame blazing a fire
You can't bear the majesty of
Here is our sun
And look:
See how the planets are dangled around it?
And held in that intricate dance
There is our Earth
Our Earth

Its blueness soothes the sharp burn in your eyes
Its contours remind you of love
That soft roundness!
The comfort of ocean and land mass
Picture the world
Older than she ever thought that she'd get
She looks at herself as she spins
Arms loaded with the trophies of her most successful child
The pylons and mines
The powerplants shimmer in her still, cool breath
Now is that a smile that plays across her lips?
Or is it a tremor of dread?
The sadness of mothers as they watch the fates of their children
Unfold
In now
In fast
Kaleidoscopic vision
The colors like drugs in your belly
Churning
Your skin pulled loose as a puck shaken and tighten
Now everything's flashing and the waves are magnified
As they roll up towards you and you're tiny as sand
Just a speck
And as you approach the surface, all of that peace that you felt
Is replaced with this furious neverknown passion
You're feeling
The people
The life
Their faces are bright
In your body
You're feeling
You want to be close to them
Closer
Cause these are your species
Your kindred

Where have you landed?
Uncurl yourself, stand up, and look at your limbs
All intact
Clothed and the fashion
This is a city
Let's call her, London
And these are the only times you have known
"Is this what it's come to?", you think
"What am I to make of all this?"

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