Reinventing Failure – National Poetry Day

No Side Effects approve of #NationalPoetryDay. As a special treat, we thought we’d depress you with some of our prose of existential dread. 

We have retracted

All our names from the sun

This is enacted

This wave that never turns


All these voices sing and bicker

Reaching out for a slither of gold

But these machines and machinations

Will bring ruin to us all


Flick the switch that makes it fall apart so efficiently

Lay foundations that allow us to build something that can truly fall

And all we have are pedigrees and interventions to bury us all


We are reinventing failure


Our long protracted

Sentiments of how we feel

Our world is divided

Don’t apologies for the things you’ve done


All these engines roar and splutter

A space apart from our worlds apart

We’re certain we can die

So much faster


Smash the bricks so they can crumble much quicker

Recycle our memories and repackage them for another day

When all we have are trembling hands and prophecy


We have reinvented failure


Clear this, clear this faster

Find this, find this quicker

Kill this, kill this cleaner

Take this, take this leaner

Build this, build this bigger

Run this, run this water

Make this, make this torture

Hate this, hate this weather

Share this, share this failure


We revise and analyse

What’s in our skies

With time and lies we pacify

Our resemblance to humans


We rewind and wonder why

Our minds are inclined to satisfy


Our imminent failure.


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About Grasslands

Tom lives in Swindon, Wiltshire (UK) and works in Newbury (Berkshire). Tom is a full-time professional ecologist (wildlife surveyor and researcher), drone pilot and Managing Director of a nature conservation consultancy. He has spent the past few years surveying the UK coastline while also being involved in various other wildlife projects across the UK and Europe. Tom performs music as the environmental electro-rock/folk entity known as 'Grasslands' and as part of the electronic duo 'No Side Effects'. Tom is also a fiction writer and is working on his first full-length novel 'Memories of Arma' In addition, Tom is a keen model maker and builds models and commissions as GrasslandsModels Websites: Grasslands Music: No Side Effects Music: Grasslands Models: NatureBureau: DarterDrones:

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