a new staging…

Jean-Michel Moreau [Public domain]

in this
interminably
drawn-out production
of
lust for power
and
human greed
the part
of
doctor pangloss
is played
by
the entire
us senate
the grand inquisitor
is played
by
moscow mitch
the part
of
mynheer vanderdendur
is
a shared role
by
members
of
the presidential cabinet
the part
of
the baron
is
played
by
the president himself
and
of course
the role
of
candide
is played
by
the american public

 

grand mal seizure…

confusion
staring spells
uncontrollable jerking movements
loss of consciousness
and
awareness
fear 
anxiety
and
deja vu erratic
movements
striking others
resulting
in
injuries
and
deaths
to
its own
children
and
citizens
a nation
out
of
control

 

outside dracula’s castle…

not that
i believe
in
vampires
and
such
but
how is it
that
the mirror
does not reflect
you
how is it
that
you can not see
that
what you say
of
others
is true
of
you
how is it
that
your mirror
does not reflect
you

 

gas mask required….

are you having
trouble
breathing
like
i am
the air
seems
stifling
the stench
of
war’s rotting bodies
is
overwhelmed
by
the putrid
emissions
from
corporate greed
and
those
musty diplomatic words
that fill
the air
with
odorous promises
promises
that
linger
briefly
but
they
never evolve
and
are
merely
absorbed
into
the ether
oh
i do
recall
roses
and
jasmine
but
those
were
buried
beneath the rubble
of
hope
years ago
and
the last reported sighting
of
blooms
of
humanity
are
at best
mythology
oh
i’m sorry

i’m sorry
for
delaying
you
i can see
that
need
to return
to
your chambers
where
as
they say
ignorance
is
bliss

 

harvest….

when
the children
do not pray
do not ask
them
why
you
know the answer
when
the children
curse this life
do not ask
them
why
you
know the answer
when
the children
ignore death
do not ask
them
why
you
know the answer
when
the children
watch
you bleed
and
do not
offer help
do not ask
them
why
you
know the answer
when
the children
dance
upon your grave
do not ask
them
why
you
knew the answer