Architectures by P. Grajnert

Paweł Grajnert is a writer/filmmaker working in the US and Poland.


Sociopaths, with their many branded forms of single-mindedness,
Dress their intentions in the subtlest architectures of apparent certainty:
Ironic spires of confidence to dominate landscapes of shallow doubt.

Works for the busy: The parent. The gofer. The poor.
The greedy. The stupid. Deluded.
The superstitious.

These minarets at the center of our cities
Deceive like all calls to certitude.

They are bendy and brittle, made of carbon, like trees.

Their exposure to the elements, free
Of the disease inherent in thought,
Nurtures and then lays bare this truth:

Uncertainty rules. Our steeples
And ziggurats work only on us
As long as they work.

There is no outside to
Or inside.

No need to follow or lead.

The towers are silent, quiet,
As powerless as our minds are.

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