A forensics of emergencies

by Diana Damian-Martin

This is to announce that something has arisen

Something has come to light

Something has caught on fire

Something has made itself known

Something has rubbed itself in your face

Something has hit you right in the face

Something has been building up

Something has been rising

Something has been moving

Something has moved you

Something has to move you

You have been moved by something

You see something

Something is making itself known to you

You can no longer look elsewhere

You emerge in a state of emergency.

 

In the background, someone is spilling out this word, emerge and see, emerge and see, emerge and see, emerge and see, emerge and see, emerge and see, emerge and see, against the grainy soundscape of a post-industrial ecology of sorts.

 

This is to announce a state of emergency

This is to announce a state of emergency

A broadcast hanging, left behind
In an empty room

In a big auditorium

In a concert hall

In a concert hall

In a concert hall

In a concert hall

In a forest

In a town

In a city

In a building

In a house

On the outside of my skin

On the outside of my skin, in my house

In my house, on the outside of elsewhere.

 

In the background, someone is repeating this word, emergency, and it exorcises itself, it keeps drifting away from us.

 

This is to announce a state of emergency

You have lost something

You have lost something, somewhere

We have lost something, somewhere

I don’t recall if we lost something somewhere

Or if something lost us

We have been lost by something

An incident has occurred in which we have been lost by something.

 

In the background, someone is calling you to drown your sorrows in deep water, and the strings of the violin are breaking the air.

 

This is to announce an incident has occurred

This is now a battle zone

This is now a war zone

This is now a derelict place

This is now a relic

This is now a museum

This is now gone

This is now gone.

I want you to say something about what is now gone

I want you to say something about what is now gone

So I remember

Not to forget.

I want you to do something about what is now gone

I want you to fix this.

I want you to fix the incident.

I want you to prevent the incident from happening.

I would like you to address the incident
I would like you to remember to address the incident

I want you to not forget to address the incident

I expect you to address the incident

This incident is an emergency.

 

In the background someone is asking you to hide, to hide, to hide, to hide, to hide, to hide in water.

 

In this emergency we are waiting for noise

We are waiting for noise, the silence is too much

We are making noise to forget the silence

We are making noise but nothing is coming out

Our mouths are opening but nothing is coming out

Our dreams are here and we cannot shout them out

Because of the silence

We are still waiting for noise.

 

In the background we are in deep, deep water, deep water of our troubles, we are moving at the speed of money, he says.

 

This is to announce that the incident is now an emergency

This is to announce a state of alertness

Of vigilance

Of civic observance

Of civil obdedience

At a provincial level

At a municipal level

At a national level

At an international level

On a small scale

Just around the corner

In front of you

A natural state of alertness

A national state of alertness

A disastrous state of alertness

An incident that broke the executive chain of command

An incident that disrupted the legislative system for a period of time

An incident that caused inconvenience to the judiciary system for a period of time

An incident where something collapsed

An incident where someone has collapsed

An incident where many collapsed

An incident of disappearance

Of evaporation

Of diffusion

Of dispersal

Of softening

Of passing

Of vanishing

Of wasting

Of fading

Of melting

Of drowning

Of quenching

Of fighting

This is to announce a state of emergency due to the revolution.

 

Someone in the background is telling you to emerge in the sea, to emergence in the sea in silence, to quietly emergence in the sea.

 

An emergency of people gathered

An emergency of people who have gathered

An emergency when everyone sustains its own fire for a period of seven hours

An emergency when no one eats food

An emergency of rising sea waters

An emergency of heat dancing across the skin until it begins to shrink and split

An emergency of idiocy

An emergency of transfer

An emergency of breath

An emergency of sighs

An emergency of sorrow

An emergency of flight

An emergency of unsettled dust

An emergency of screeching voices

An emergency of births

An emergency of loss

An emergency of loss

An emergency of love

An emergency of people gathered to observe the incident being classed as an emergency.

 

In the background, someone is in the background running through mud, through splinters, through tents, through water, through hope, and I stand idly by.

 

Due to lack of funds we have had to cancel this emergency.
We are sorry to announce that due to austerity measures, we can no longer see this emergency through.

We are sorry to announce we have no time for emergencies.

We are sorry to announce that due to workload, we will be cancelling our attendance at this emergency.

Please let us know if you observe any suspicious emergencies.

It is imperative at this time that you inform us of any suspicious emergencies.

It is important that we are made aware of any suspicious emergencies.

Please check our new regulations on cancelling emergencies.

A course for the cancellation of emergencies has been made available to you.

Due to lack of funds, this emergency is now an incident,
Please attend to the incident

It is imperative that all citizens attend to the incident

It is imperative that this incident ceases to be.

We can no longer afford this incident.

Please be economical about your incident.

This is not a place for emergencies.

 

In the background, you cannot see past the dust, the ice, the rubble, the love, the eyes, the mouths.

 

Someone is still whispering, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, emergency, and it slips off my tongue, and the language slips of my tongue, and the voice slips off my tongue, and the names slip off my tongue, and you slip off my tongue, and something has arisen,

We must tend to what has arisen,

Something has arisen a very, very long time ago.

 

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