When it was time to burn the Christmas tree, Mantra decided to show for the fun. When I posted the picture, I was not the one who noticed her, but many people have.
It occurs to me her next book of poetry is marked by its darkness, all the way down to the title. Ironically, I am finding fire in it. Were the chapters not so aptly named, I may well have had to add a fire chapter. Despite their fiery nature, they all seem to fit where they are.
The name of this poem is not the simplistic ones we have come to associate with Mantra’s poems, but it is definitely fitting: One Line Obit. This month’s sneak peak into Mantra’s Book of Shadows comes from the chapter entitled Words You Cannot Take Back.
Mantra encountered someone we have all met: The Meme. Perhaps, you have met more than one. The irony of it all is they are, in all their proclaimed uniqueness, the same. The endless stream of exaggeration and lies, the emergencies and the self-congratulatory hoopla. Where does it all end? Mayhap, in a…
One Line Obit
Every time your mouth moves a lie escapes.
You know that I know; it does not stop you.
You chew the truth into a tasteless paste.
Add fantasy and imagination
Expecting everyone to hang upon
Every word artlessly contrived by you.
They slither from an ivory bright smile,
With convincing nods of affirmation
Designed to evoke agreement from all
Who should hear your self-proclaimed sultry voice.
Your body language coaxes urgency,
So others jump up to take on your load.
When the silence returns, the echoes ebb,
They may still believe you gave them a choice.
Me? I am not so enchanted to think
Any of it was more than just your mode
Of passing your responsibilities
Across the chasm to whoever’s there,
Qualified or reckless, makes no difference
As long as you’re spared paying the piper.
Good luck with that. At the rate you’re going
You’ll fall off the edge, and no one will care.
The end of your palaver marked with a
One line obit on the police blotter.
Why do memes believe they should never face the consequences of their actions? Why do they believe anyone who points out their inadequacies is attacking them? Has Mantra delivered Karmic justice?
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