Alchemy

I finished the idea for this a year ago. And cleaned up the language to where it’s finally done.

Alchemy.

The Art of Wealth Creation

Inputs.
• roads
• access to capital
• raw materials
• markets &
• labor

From the headwaters
carried along
roads fresh cut
from wilderness

the soil cap
bleeds out
in the first rains
after tree fall

The rest follows more
methodically:
• plundering
• burning
• mining
• logging,
• tv &
• cultivation

Center.
NY 400
I see alchemy
in action
on the
petroleum tarmac
of the
center – periphery
expressway

mammalian beasts
struck down by passers-by
flesh, fur, blood
pressed, ground
into the road
red to brown to gold

here on the municipal, the micro — level
the immutable laws
of economics are reversed

capital-flows and resources, spread outward
to outlying communities
where wealth can be
properly cared-for and nurtured

Periphery.
However,
along the Inga-Shaba transmission route
the natural law of commerce is observed

sealed high-voltage lines
protected by:
barbed wire and cameras
from the Inga Dams
to the Kulwezi mines
the entire 11 hundred mile stretch.

Zairians, now Congolese
attempt to steal
the electricity they
will finance for decades to come.
leaving the occasional
charred or shot body
scattered along the road side.

A temporary biological testament
to desperation, lawlessness
and economic barbarism

Whether pushed in front of traffic
by the spread of unregulated, irresponsible sprawl
or fried or executed
by the chicanery
of global trade and crony capitalism
victims are seen as
perpetrators or pests.

Output.
Those expert in the secrets
of the Emerald Tablet
believe their practice to be a clear path
to riches and economic development

whether transforming lead into gold
or trusting that extraction
and export-oriented production;

whether their faith lies in
Hermeticism or competitive advantage
makes no difference;

the poor will be poorer
the rich will get richer

with the polite-society cover
of formulas, policies
and structural adjustments

From Congo to the U.S.
from the Kisangani-Buta Road
to the 400
the center-periphery model
performs as desired

The lifeblood of peoples
the lifeblood of nations, drained
the destitute to the prosperous

Flowing over asphalt
ground into the pavement
from red
to brown
to gold

© 2003-2013 Brian Brown-Cashdollar

4 thoughts on “Alchemy

  1. Damn, this is another one that took 20-plus years to finish, and well worth the wait. Sharing it. All fantastically tight with just the right amount of anger, but this is my favorite part:

    Whether pushed in front of traffic
    by the spread of unregulated, irresponsible sprawl
    or fried or executed
    by the chicanery
    of global trade and crony capitalism
    victims are seen as
    perpetrators or pests.

    Have to reiterate that I can’t believe the synthesis you got into this.

  2. Thanks, I really appreciate it. I really like the idea of roads playing in transformation, development, and capital isolation.

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