# Attempts at a Resolution in the Wreckage

Attempt #

watch manu swing
into bay salt
the splash
barely discernible
from flecks
white paint

 

Attempt #

there is power to ash as a metaphor                   but I just want us to win
for once and it only take one shot
they’re killing us with a gold chain
how much you bet it break before the skin does                  not much
and climbing a stairway of corpses                                        to god
but we could make a white christmas with their ashes
we just need the numbers and                                          one big
shotgun made                                                      of solidarity

 

Attempt #

tear up the lawn
for worms for crickets for wetā for huhu
to dance through
the new growth

 

Attempt #

Use the mechanisms of power, use the structures that power has created to fold them in on themselves. Get [insert political party here] into a position where resources can be redistributed. Make sure that the optics never give a hint of tyrant. Make sure the propaganda is on more often than it’s not. Debate empathy back into party politics. Continue to ignore history. They must be for the working class — it’s in the name!

Labour over the design of your posters until they melt right off the stick.

 

Attempt #

here is how we make everything better again                 sometimes the house is built wrong
take each plank of wood down                                 or better yet burn it
if the house don’t serve the people living in it                then what is the point?
we can’t use the master’s tools here                           we’ve got to make new ones
that which is born of the land                                 is the perfect antidote for that which
dominates it

 

Attempt #

view of broken arch
the big ben smote in two
greenwich means nothing now
my mokopuna sitting in the rubble of empire this slash and burn fiction become aspiration
become blueprint
would the more honest prediction be activist behind computer screen
while the USA dissolves behind a mushroom cloud
while the project of colonization becomes just fever dream of
the rich and powerful
i watch them move their shawl to shake off the dust
knowing they are truly free

 

Attempt #

                                                                         place rocks in my mouth
                                                                         and leave me to
                                                                         spit up an avalanche
                                                                         of stones
                                                                         my picture engraved onto every
                                                                         one
                                                                         my picture worn off by
                                                                         the blisters on my
                                                                         tongue

 

Attempt #

poor     whole        galaxies          through   the s i e v e                     what kind
universal
thoughts                             get stuck in the g r a t i n g
in the horse carcass longing of it

I will push a w hole population                   upstream to save the
cattle

to dream up a solution to not keeping the ground where
she wanna be

                 does it take that much self-control to want to save the world?

you couldn’t chalk                                                     it up to shareholders
or savages in jungles you cleared away
but what good is power when it does no good?

 

Attempt #

I’m feeling like shit today staying in bed
rubbing the raw end of a snotty nose on the duvet spread
will it dry in this damp house
will i die in this one bedroom unit

 

Attempt #

when it thinks in terms of violence / there is no evil here
just a race to design the biggest dollar sign over the largest mass grave
i repeat there is no evil here / cast a wig over the shoulder in front of the mirror
no just competing interests / just instructions on how to build ladders
made from walking/talking flesh

 

Attempt #

Marx in his analysis of class presents a rather dispassionate image of two groups that contradict each other by both existing at once

                 feather fluttering

The relationship between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie is one defined by conflict and exploitation

                 how could it not

                 it grips the branch

Communism is the resolution of this contradiction by the bourgeoisie’s removal from power

                 imagine a bird being free to come and go from the nest they have built

 

Attempt #

                                           D R A W                              T O G E T H E R
                                                D R A W                      T O G E T H E R
                                                    D R A W               T O G E T H E R
                                                        D R A W        T O G E T H E R
                                                          D R A W   T O G E T H E R

                                                                   AFFIRM!

Attempt #

                 A guillotine rusts in the field / the sun reflects off the blade / the size of a human skull.

 

Attempt #

  1. pile up the table legs haul a makeshift person into being
    one with enough purposeless support to last a lifetime
    give it a sense of pride hand it paintbrushes and just enough
    white to colour itself privileged give it the hair that was stuck
    down the drain pulled up in long Cthulhu tendrils
    give it the fear of the other and destroy every single mirror
    disturb the surface of the water constantly we wouldn’t want it
    to see itself whole
  2. give it tools to write with to build with to make itself
    feel like it has a whole world to give
    one full of language
    full of saltwater and orange peels
    collapsed lungs and broken arms
    peeling bark and the whine of tired greyhounds
  3. then break it down over rocks scattered in the backyard
    the neighbourhood cats all screeching at each other
    in this whirlwind of bestial find its humanity dashed to
    bits

 

Attempt #

a scarecrow wearing a suit            is just a man wearing fear
is just a capitalist wearing a cheque          an emperor that never had to attempt clothing
there is no evil here                                        don’t go looking

 

Attempt #

TIE THE TIGHTEST KNOT              ONE THAT CAN’T BE
REPRODUCED                                                        ON PAPER
MAKE SURE IT HOLDS            EVERYTHING YOU HOLD
DEAR IN ITS SPECK OF                                                   GAP

 

Attempt #

the targets are really easy to identify
[the crown hits the floor with a brittle clang]
it’s the execution that requires all the work

 

Attempt #

d r a w       o n        t h e           p o w e r             o f            t h e            e a r t h
P           A          P          A          T          Ū          Ā          N        U         K       U
f e e l      h e r      i n     t h e    s o i l    t h e    g r a i n s    o f    h e r    b e i n g

d r a w        o n        t h e            p o w e r             o f             t h e             s k y
R                A                N               G              I               N               U             I
f e e l   h i m     i n    r a i n   t h i s   v e r t i c a l    s t r e a m   o f   s h a d o w

w h e n    t h e y    c o m e   t o g e t h e r   t h e y    s o l v e   a    m a s s i v e

C         O       N        T        R        A        D        I        C       T       I       O       N

 

Attempt #

there is power
in ash as a metaphor
so let us wear it on our bodies
and get to work

About the author
essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Raukawa | they/them/theirs) if they die before the end of the settler colonial nation state of NZ you owe them a revolution [their first book of poetry ransack out from VUP in 2019]