Un-seen – text from performance

written by Zornitsa Stoyanova and performed by automatic voice generator (which is also the reason for the formatting) 

Out there    above us,

a beacon of peace watches.   The international space station circles the earth, an image of humanity’s achievement.

Astronauts from around the world meeting, working, eating, sleeping, shitting, waking up and meeting again… watching down on us.  

Orbiting

Watching

Moving on…

They are safe.

Protected by a thin layer of shiny magic.

It is perfectly isolating, this magic material – making sure human life is preserved.

The smartest of us all…. most fit for space exploration, watching down on us each day.

Just a thin layer of perfectly isolating

shining

material

keeping them from the horrors of open space.

Keeping them above us.

The best of us,

perfectly isolated in a peaceful cocoon

of safety.

eternally

in orbit.

“Moving on…”

This shiny magic material saves lives…

On earth as well.

Ambulances –  those bringers of help and hope – wrapping the injured in it.  

A magic fabric that keeps warmth in,

isolating the injured from a certain death.  

The shine is happy to help.

The shine is always happy to help.

The shine is happy to help.

The shine is always happy to help.

Cheap and cheaply made,

affordable and easy to get –  it is given to all marathon runners to

keep keep keep

warm.

Such honorable material and almost indestructible too.  

But once used, it is cheap and cheaply made trash.

Wrapping around posts, crawling out of trash cans,

it will never deteriorate.

The homeless,

The refugees,

The hopeful ones

wrapped in it.

The magic will shine

long after

Who’s wrapped in it

has died.

Moving on

The shiny plastic preserving

those bodies.

perfectly isolated from

the rest of us

Keeping them away.

From the rest of us.

A perfect

indestructible,

Honorable,

life preserving material.

Reflecting and diverting our attention.  

Isolating.

Making what’s inside it invisible to our senses.

The shine is always happy to help.

Cheap and cheaply made,

trash

The magic shine will never die….

We even keep our most precious in it.

We keep, We wrap the most needy of us.

The children

The children of others

The children of the immigrants

The refugees,

The ones escaping,

Traumatized,

Hopeful

The little ones

Wanting to become…

to become one of us

One of us …

To be the best of us

To someday look down on us

Moving on

Wanting to become the best of us

Us and them

To become

the best of us

“Keep your head up”

Like the astronauts in space

“…Moving on…”

We wrap them in the shine… for safety.

We

they

we …

they …

We

they…we put them in cages

Many put together

Like stray dogs in cages

Keeping the children in cages

Keeping from the horrors of open space.

Keeping moving on…

But preserved,

Crying

Safe

we

They …

They…

we… wrap them in the magic shine.

The children of others – the refugees.

Perfectly isolated and safe.

Perfectly preserved in plastic.

“do not let children play with plastic bags”

Perfectly preserved, isolated in the plastic shine.

Isolated from us

Safe inside the shine in cages.

Hold hold hold them… in cages.

Humane,

indestructible,

Honorable,

life preserving material.

Reflecting and diverting our attention.

Space saving,

preserving humanity.

as only

humans

do.

Isolating

I so lating

I so late ing

I so lit end

I so lat ei ing

I so la la la lalalalating

I so lala la la tetete te te te te te te lalalalala  la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la la     …la la…la…la la.

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