different (no) the same

I Tiresias, old man with wrinkled dugs
Perceived the scene

~

here we are
a nation
waiting . . .

what
are waiting for?

well
it is not
entirely
clear

it seems
we are waiting
for a prestidigitation
to be worked

a sleight
of (vaccine) hand here . . .

a perception
of leadership (watch the hand . . .
watch . . .
the hand . . .)
there

something
set in concrete
from entrails contemplated
by professional
soothsayers

a seduction
of the mind
despite
the dismay felt
by the heart

one more
inducement
to keep the faith
although . . .

ah well
it hardly matters

our lives
at the moment
are inducements and seducements
overlaid –
before and after
like some kind
of emotion-layered
sandwich –
by disappointment
and anger

every day
the blandishments are laid out
afresh

every day
more of us
doubt
and disbelieve
and dispute

then –
reluctantly perhaps –
agree to comply
with the wishes
of our seducer

only to feel
a certain degree
of foul
left draped upon
our souls

maybe –
on this day –
it will be
different

~

2 thoughts on “different (no) the same

  1. Well put, Frank the feeling is as oppressive as the pandemic Worse in Melbourne because all of us are very naughty As to today being different Not b—-y likely. LOL

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