THE NATIONS: 1
- These people, as we know, admire music.
- Their composers are required to drink
- Chase each other's wives, turn fairy
tales to operas,
- And provide the world with cliches.
- These folk are renowned for spending all
their lives just thinking.
- Once, they worshipped spirits of the
- Now they keep the trees in line.
- Keep in mind the differences in gender in
- The child and house are neuter,
- And the body, like the moon, is always
- Houses, schools and factories have been
- So that each detail is historically
- In the House of Art you will see things
you've only heard of:
- Fat and rabbits, huge carved teddy bears,
- Attempts to keep the paint inside the
lines by young Americans,
- And photographs of parts of men and women
from the inside looking out.
- The catalogues are beautiful and tell you
how to see.
- Gallery custodians are trained to know,
- Where each visitor is from, and not to
- If the town you seek is not depicted on
the latest map
- From ADAC, you can view the open-cut mine
- On the site where it once stood.
- Language is no hindrance to a good time.
- If in doubt, attempt to smile.
THE NATIONS: 3
- Apology is next to apoplectic in their
- Where the language loses weight and
- They say 'No problem', as their border
shrinks each year.
- They once had open spaces but it's
privacy they fear.
- These people understand that history's
- They travel, though there's nothing left
- They photograph it, show it to their
- Who wonder how the people live.
- Their time is money, never past. They
- Every time they sing, a man jumps in a
creek and drowns.
- The police inspect the site, but no one
dies where no one lived
- Before the word 'before' was banned.
- In school they learn that learning can be
- They can't pay too much for the news.
- Nothing has a shape outside their cities,
where the young
- Stay young forever, gaining weight while
words grow thin.