Lust Forever vii

he didn’t expect to lose interest so fast
but no thanks to the Coolidge Effect
the romance didn’t last

appears to have been just another case
of man and the tendency to infatuate

she wanted to cuddle
but he was drawn to the recesses of his instinctive nature

o, how oxytocin created trouble
when a bond it tried to nurture
while the overdose of dopamine
energised him to seek more pleasures

if only endo-battles didn’t burst the bubble
a love could’ve blossomed, no?


Heath Muchena, 2017

The Definitive Discourse

It was just moments into the discourse that he realised he couldn’t win the debate. Clearly he’d made a grave mistake underestimating her.

His demagoguery was inferior in the face of her diligent diplomatic displays. The delivery of her doctrine made her ideas appear as the guiding principles for how her party would achieve its goals rather than a prescription of ideals. That’s what made all the difference to the citizens who’d long since been fed up of listening to the empty promises made time and time again by cunning politicians.

He’d taken her for just another pretty anti-establishment activist and little had he known she was very determined to bring about real change and address the rampant corruption in the city. In some ways she resembled Virginia Raggi, particularly in her ability to articulate her views and just her sheer tenacity.

Ultimately, in the eyes of the public he was a symbol of the status quo while she, on the other hand, represented movement.

He had failed to realise that Continuity is not the same as Stasis and that the former bolsters any transition while the latter resists and delays change.

His message had not been aligned with the times and it didn’t take the populace long to figure out who they thought was best equipped to innovate but still preserve the glorious legacy of their old customs. It was unmistakably evident even to the establishment that he wasn’t the man best suited for the job and that they had to consider the obvious alternative. She was the sensible, and in truth, the rightful candidate.

The people had reached a stage where they were prepared to let go of the redundant traditions – which essentially had been responsible for the unfair practice of reserving powerful positions for the males – in order to secure a progressively steady future.


Heath Muchena, 2017

Sunbeam Massacre: The Return of Chainsaw Al

If Renan’s definition of nationhood i.e. “having done great things together and wishing to do more” does hold some basis in fact, then I suppose it also mirrors Miles’ view that “collaborative entrepreneurship is a business model for continuous innovation.” And with that said, need I add a reminder of our past glory, or allude to the enormous potential for continued success the despite previous predicament?

I’m not sure it’d be of much help.

It all depends. Are you ready to pardon the misconduct and lay to rest the fact that I used the bill-and-hold basis to inflate revenues during those down quarters?

Forgiveness is one thing but to look past the deed or try to pretend it never happened would be foolish. I’m sure you agree it’s a bit much to ask…

Admittedly I was wrong for taking those desperate measures; but put yourself in my position. Wouldn’t it seem rather unfair to you if someone you had an otherwise rewarding relationship with – tainted by a temporary expedient – totally disregarded the many miles you walked the right path all because of a few steps taken in the wrong direction?

I can see how you could’ve lost sight of the bigger picture under all that investor and stakeholder pressure. But you can’t say you didn’t know any better than to go down that route.

That’s all in the past now. And don’t take my word for it. Let me prove it to you and to self for that matter. All you need to do is just give me this one last chance to show you the sun never loses its shine. Rest assured it will beam bright again!

Maybe you’re right. I just might…


Heath Muchena, 2017

The Shallow Lot

In order to know what was really on their minds, I decided to take a seat at the table and listen to their cant about culture over a Musang King durian dessert, which surprisingly didn’t offend my olfactory as much as I’d feared prior to having a taste.

But it didn’t take me long to realise that I was in the company of a shallow lot, who only seemed to take pleasure in fault-finding, as if that was the very fruit of their passions.

And the exercise of their thoughts, as expressed through language choice, was clearly not elevated. Their insults too, only served to reveal a lack of courage and the misapplication of intentions.


Heath Muchena, 2017

equal is only a symbol

Before he could ever hope to create a work with universal appeal
He knew it was essential to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the human universals
In order to discover a universal language
And then speak to their ideals

So on his quest he sought to empathise with the experiences of others
And learn to appreciate the subtle and not so subtle differences
Treating all beings as equals


Heath Muchena, 2017

Tenets of Temperament

Pertaining to the satisfaction derived from the attainment of success
Having had humble beginnings seems to pay the highest dividend

While a life of perpetual comfort as you’d expect
Always comes at a cost
And what’s it all worth if ultimately you eliminate all wants?
Living nothing to be desired except power over common folk, the weak and those willing to be controlled
The only expense now worthy of your pursuit

a nervous calm
and quiet confidence

healthy fear
and unusual common sense

are the elements that encourage providence
and preserve your self-respect

a currency more valuable than most other forms of wealth one can ever hope to possess


Heath Muchena, 2017

Architects of Decadence

He had no other option
But to do what was necessary
In order that he did not end up one of the many at the mercy of the capitalists’ propensity for manipulation

When they fix the rate of labour low
While circling the bounds of ethical law
To reap almost all the benefit from production
Laying claim to the energies of everyone involved
And in exchange providing minimum compensation
To the desperate masses who are often in denial

When they hoard the bulk of the bounty offshore like the Ricardo Master Fund
Low balling…

When the architects of decadence are in action


Heath Muchena, 2017