Welcome To The Placebo Dome

Welcome to the Placebo Dome
built upon the bones
of man’s addiction to petroleum
being a carbon based lifeform
So please be seated
in the climate controlled comfort
of air-conditioned judgement
as a privileged guest
of the Meta-World Government

Here at the Placebo Dome
gutter crawling
through time and space
is the main event
When them bottom feeders
come to the surface
for a breath of oxycodone
and to purchase a dose of oxygen
all of Wall Street starts a-snorting
In case you hadn’t noticed
… the Placebo Fix is in
Selling water in a plastic bottle
was just the beginning
Here at the Placebo Dome
Gross Planetary Production
is our sacred equation
as we know exactly how
to extract blood from a stone

Here at the Placebo Dome
where sitting on the fence
is your best defence
there’s always more room
on Oprah Winfrey’s couch
In between the Queen
of the American Dream
and the Duchess of Sussex
where human worth
is measured by wealth
and expensively good taste
It is truly a privilege to serve
a super star such as yourself
You who so richly deserves
that new car and a free lunch
Believe me …
we never count the cost
Here at the Placebo Dome
exclusively decorated
with discarded cross trainers
and your obsolete devices
there rises an ivory tower
of forced labour
Lost in the far distance
a future made in China

Here at the Placebo Dome
built from the remnants
of slavery and cotton
the patron saint is Melania
the high priced Princess
from the House of Dior
She who freely dispenses
all her store bought wisdom
to the not so needy … or poor
Pilgrims privileged to be graced
with her pulling of the sour face
expressing her saintly long suffering
No doubt a side effect
of Lord Donald’s after-taste
An experience Lady Liberty
most deeply regrets
Yet here at the Placebo Dome
it is polite not to mention
Melania’s slavery to mammon
We call it lucrative captivity
nicely dressed up
in Louis Vuitton
We should all be so lucky
to see Our Slovenian Lady
of the Golden Tower
back in the Big House once again
as her lawyers now negotiate
a contract extension
Four more years … and counting

Here at the Placebo Dome
he who’s covered in sin
no matter how corrupt and rich
may pitch the first stone
into the ditch that was once
the great American dream
seen exclusively in virtual reality
on our Jumbotron screen
The Placebo Dome is always here
to provide you an existence
feeding upon what is left
of Mother Earth
as you now have nothing
to fear but the Placebo itself
so take the course of least resistance
and be sure to show
your personalised Mark of the Placebo
as you enter the Great Dome
Just don’t go asking
the price of admittance

by David B. Redpath Β© 2021

Artwork and Inspiration …
courtesy of Multiple Michael 🎨 © 2021


72 thoughts on “Welcome To The Placebo Dome”

  1. A brilliant story David, full of charming wit and blunt sarcasm …
    “I can hear bells ringing from the Placebo Dome
    Through the cracks in my wall here at home
    And still they are singing the same old anthem
    Hollow words of charming wit and blunt sarcasm
    Resonating from the dysfunctional meetings in Glascow
    Declaring they have saved the planet from a deadly afterglow”

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    1. Thank yew Ivor,
      the poetic archer🏹 😎
      for your gracious commenting
      but I did try my very best
      not to mention with sarcasm
      that town hall meeting
      (or was it a clown convention?)
      in the fine city of Glasgow
      I went there once
      but only to sample
      the fine Scottish whiskey
      but wouldn’t you know
      what happened there
      was a bigger disgrace
      than me (and not Linda)
      getting all Celtic blue 🏴󠁧󠁒󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
      and offa’ my face πŸ₯ƒ
      It’s all very ironic
      as the native Caledonians
      affectionately refer to Glasgow
      as “The Dear Green Place”πŸ’š
      That failed convention
      could certainly have done with
      a rampaging William Wallace πŸ’ͺπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

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    1. I’ll check with you when I’m allowed
      out, as the Dome is in a panicked
      pandemic lock down situation πŸ”’
      but I think that’s what Russia said
      after the Chernobyl meltdown πŸ€”
      Carbon dioxideand methane have
      a nasty habit of getting around, just
      like radiation ☒️ ☣️

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    1. Troubles can either unite us, thus
      bringing out the best in mankind,
      or divide, usually along tribal lines.
      According to Yoda, the future
      is always in in motion, and
      difficult. to see. But whatever is
      to come … I’m sure it’ll be put up
      on the Placebo Dome Jumbotron.
      Thanks Ingrid for tuning in πŸ™πŸ˜Ž

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  2. Wow, amigo Mr. Redpath, what a superb, superb post and accompanying artwork. Though-provoking, chuckle-inducing, and just beyond-words-excellent. Seriously! I really had to chuckle at the bits about Melania…”She who freely dispenses
    all her store bought wisdom
    to the not so needy … or poor
    Pilgrims privileged to be graced
    with her pulling of the sour face
    expressing her saintly long suffering
    No doubt a side effect
    of Lord Donald’s after-taste” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Laughing laughing. Thank you for sharing your brilliance and depth with us, my friend! I love your art! Muchos abrazos desde Andalucia (por ahora)πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

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  3. Result of being richest is another name for The Placebo Dome. All real facts of slaves’s bones’s Dome are hidden in history. Right point putting up with sarcastic way by you is admirable and thought provoking, dear Redpath !! Well done.πŸ‘ŒπŸ–’πŸ–’πŸ–’

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    1. Thank you, Aruna πŸ™
      They say that travel broadens the
      mind. It has certainly opened my
      eyes to things we are conditioned
      to ignore in our own backyard.
      Everywhere there are those treated
      as untouchables, consigned to eke
      a living from the trash of others. Breathing the air of heavily polluted despair in New Delhi lit a fire πŸ”₯
      in my overfed belly.

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      1. Yeah.true.at Delhi,Lock down has remained from last one week because of Heavy Air Pollution and is continuing for indefinite time.This problem is not in India but many countries are included.We are bear all worst things coz of Our Ambitiously nature of 17 th n 19th ancestors or invaders.Most welcome for putting up the main problems for modern era’s environments, Dear Redpath!!

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    1. Being a child of ruin, the Dome has
      ever been my home away from home.
      Like a Bed & Apocalypse that grows
      more room for doom with every visit.
      If it’s not too late, hopefully we can
      renovate for a future of sun shiny
      weather, K β˜€οΈ 😎

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  4. David, your imagination always takes the reader to a unique place. As I was reading, I had an image of John D. Rockefeller and his beloved Standard Oil buying up all of the precious space left under the Dome. After all, they own everything else.

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    1. Now that you mention it, Buckeye,
      the Placebo Dome has a luxury
      skybox reserved for the ghost of
      John D. Rockefeller, high up in the
      Seven Sisters of Opec stand.
      After all, the Placebo Dome is a
      meritocracy of desolation.

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    1. On behalf of the seething masses
      I profusely apologise to the filthy
      rich and infamous for ceaselessly
      consuming their worldly resources.
      Thankfully we have the example of
      the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to
      show us greedy commoners how to
      live a modest sustainable lifestyle 😎

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    1. I do like my espresso strong,
      with an extra hot shot of bitter
      being a caffeine fiend who’s
      down to his very last drop πŸ’§
      at the bitter end of a planetary
      percolation. My epitaph …
      “Bean There, Drunk That β˜•”
      Sweet of you to comment.
      Please do come again πŸ™ 😎


  5. This is so β€œin your face true” my friend. Great work. I love it. The artwork, the horrid inequalities and how we are destroying our world daily. Wake the heck up folks and if you talk about it but haven’t been doing your part for years, please read again. BRAVO

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