Seat of Power

© Matthew Word Bain

fitting squarely
into its square corner
well paved and protected
this ode to power is enthroned
not power itself, mind you – although
some might imagine it thus… but rather
a manifestation of power expressed
as the rate at which energy
is being consumed
in other words
power dependent
on something external:
power which is not intrinsic
imagine the world we might enjoy
if we afforded intrinsic power
the same sort of courtesy
as power which is
but a show