by Matt Panfil
Kali Yuga blues burn brightest in the midnight hour
Teeming dark with mortal woe and terror
Rumors seeding troubled minds haunted
By nightmare epileptic visions flashing undaunted
We’ve all been weaned on TV’s neon nipple
Poisoning the blood in highway veins
Seeping electric coded knowledge
Nourishing cerebrums soaked in overwhelming
Gobs of information
Processing the stream of psychic data
We are overloaded
Immersed in toxic stimulation
Minds are all but burnt out husks of tissue
Flashing dully in the Skullhouse
Driving men to boredom blind to
Oh beautiful forgotten world!
Science and the law of man
Does such disgrace to mystery and magic
Blind eyes turned callously
*Kali Yuga (“the age of the male demon Kali,” or “age of vice,”) is the last of the four stages that the world goes through as part of the cycle of yugas described in the Indian scriptures. Hindus believe that human civilization degenerates spiritually during the Kali Yuga,which is referred to as the Dark Age because in it people are as far removed as possible from God. Most interpreters of Hindu scriptures believe that earth is currently in Kali Yuga.
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Matt Panfil is a poet and experimental filmmaker from Indianapolis, IN. He considers poetry and film to be powerful forces of communication, through which he seeks to visually transport his audience to what Aldous Huxley dubbed “the mind’s antipodes”: subconscious realms of bliss and emotional states of pure awareness. He loves poetry’s unique magic, believing in its strange transporting power due to “lingual transformation of rhythm and syntax, or otherworldly diction through which primordial sensory data can be transmitted to the viewer.” The communicative goal of his poem videos, which combine music, language and imagery, is to over-stimulate the viewer, thereby inducing a psychedelic experience, a sensory overload resulting in a newborn relationship between subject and observer.