lynch mob

how hard is it
to make a music video?
I was thinking
doing an experiment
stepping very slowly
meditatively
towards the main drag
holding my phone
up by my chest

I’d speed it up
so the walking was normal
everyone else very fast

if I hadn’t stopped filming
I could’ve shown you
the woman running up
the red face
the spit flying out
the jabbing finger
the volume

“IT’S ILLEGAL TO FILM CHILDREN!”
she shrieked
I looked around
but saw no one
turning back
I said “wh?”
but she was off again

“YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED!”
“IT’S DISGRACEFUL!”
and so forth
she power marched away
I fled into a shop
to buy a sandwich
and to wait for my heart
to slow down

as I got back
to where I was working
I heard a banging on windows
there she was again
on a passing bus
accusing finger
pointing right at me
surrounded by a mob of blokes
lots of tattoos
not much hair

happy shoppers
become
lynch mob

Murray John