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Histories 2



Society is an experiment in cyclical gaslighting,
each generation recruited to become complicit
in deceiving the next.

I care nothing for the histories of violence and war—
let those who participated in them be utterly forgotten.

Record instead the names of those who left behind
more than they found, at little or no cost to anyone else.

Paparazzo, lead us from scopophilia to agalmatophilia,
from the antiseptic antics of men-of-fetters,
the Narcissusean erection of poetry.

Look!  Look at me!
Look at me looking at you!
Look at me looking at you looking at me!

(That's infinity enough, easily.)

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.