For capitalism to work, it is necessary for goods, capital and services to always be moving. For people, on the other hand, to settle often means to achieve security, loosely defined as ‘not having to move again’. In the language of decades of European treaties, therefore, we can see the tension that is being played out now against the backdrop of the ongoing currency crisis and the union’s expansion into less economically advanced regions.
We could go, then, to the largest shopping
outlet of this lifetime, where among the
stops is the car park concrete roof we will
aim the car onto, much like Lumiere’s
forehead or Athena’s birth in breech.
We shake off the engine echo, dopplering
Over cliffs and shoals of glossy cloud
Where fly-suited radicals uplift
From wild Kombis to the hydrosphere
the soles of her sneakers scrape the gritty sand
a butterscotch-ripple-trail, glass and melted stone
and tufts of sunburnt grass that somehow find a way
she charts her steps carefully while I travel in leaps, heroic and haphazard
over the scarred edges of shallow craters containing rust-coloured rain
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