Friday, January 6, 2012


if i am the third world then the way we have gotten used to is no longer the way because i am before the number one, i am zero, round and circular, i complete the cycle, i am before numbers were made up, before a billion dollars was not enough, before the tallest building was trying to reach god, i was underground where it all began, before development brought metal cranes into every city i have grown up in while i was growing up, before development dug into the earth to rip me out and throw me across the atlantic ocean to the new world, the developed world, where third world neighborhoods struggle under the will of gods sitting in the sky of 100 story buildings scraping the sky to scream bombs at other third worlds to steal metal/gold/oil/rock/children/women/rights.

if i am the third world then the number scale has shifted to a new system where infinity is no longer an option and the number 3 is the new wor(l)d for change, for development by a new definition which states that:

nothing will be made right without destruction of what development has come to mean: the desire for better/faster/easier/more and more.

we need a new vocabulary, even if it comes about by borrowing from our own tongues, or once we begin to make words up because we are free to create the world we inhabit which is already made up of words that constantly break us


if the mouths of words are shut we can only hear mumbling lies and begin to turn into those lies.

if i am the third world then i am moving instead of accumulating, instead of collecting, instead of acquiring, instead of occupying, instead of colonizing, instead of stealing, instead of cheating, instead of killing, instead of raping, instead of beating, instead of lying, instead of running while standing still and never reaching or knowing any true satisfaction or joy or love or peace.

if i am the third world then i am in the right place to begin to understand where to go from here

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