I believe (almost) in happy endings

sometimes
faith
and belief
are supreme acts
of selflessness

not a trust
that I share
but
I can watch
these things in action
and feel
awe

arsonists
have burned a cathedral
in france

I was struck
by the similarity
to my grandfather’s axe
when the report mentioned
that the church has been burnt down
and rebuilt
three times
so far
while remaining a treasure
from the fifteenth century

it will be rebuilt
again

I wonder
who now
are the true believers

I mostly see
mayors
and premiers
and prime ministers . . .

sometimes presidents . . .

. . . standing in front
of the cameras
to tell us:

so many new infections

so many more
dead

but
do the right thing
the right way

the way we . . .
I . . .
tell you
and
it ill be alright

trust us
have faith

it will be
alright

and sometimes
it is clear
that they believe
themselves

even if only
because
they must

to present the right imagine
they have to swallow
their own words
as though a sip
of truth
in the bottom
of a medicine cup

hold your nose
and drink it

but
despite these well meaning believers
and their powerful words
the air we breathe
is changing

every day
it is a little
more
toxic

wear a mask
is the new cry

a filter

some cloth

even
a scarf

we now have to learn
to carry a face covering
when we leave home

just as we carry
a purse
or wallet

keys for the house
and car

I cannot help
but feel
that this is the beginning
of our training

our generational re-training
to meet and respond
to the apocalypse

breathing masks
and bio-suits
and behavioural modification
in order to survive
the purging
of the earth

the emergence
of a new
and impossibly harsh
new world

and perhaps
it comes back
to belief

and
to faith

the means for us to accept
the unacceptable

today
I listened
to a favourite tune
played
by a favourite artist

recorded
already thirty years
ago

a sweet
and innocent tune
as I heard it
today

a song about hopes
and wishes and dreams
and the anticipation of . . .
perhaps . . .
a happy ending

almost
I wept

~

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