A Chill Effect

by Gary Priest

tears are shed via bright blue switches

responses to love come from shadow committees

funerals are automated

grief dispensed in small black sachets

the decriminalised elements of romance

are available in bright red installments

murderous emotions are digitally labelled

made available to research institutes

and certain credit enhanced individuals

misery is dispensed in sharp metallic pellets

swallowed whole for immediate effect

they dissolve harmlessly in thirty minutes

specifically designed machinery

will dismantle miscalculated relationships

emotional and physical belongings

apportioned appropriately

A chill effect can also be purchased

to avoid future complications

Gary Priest lives at the end of a dead-end road, which may explain everything. He writes poetry and short fiction, both of which have been published online and in print.

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