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Dogs 2021

Kindred Pretenders
(5/7/2021)


Brother Bollocks
has spent
a lifetime
not valuing
the social activities
in which
he participates

he has
little belief
in the efficacy
of most civilized
notions

they have
been created
out of nothingness

yet
we are taught
that these
rules

these
protocols

are necessary
for the survival
of society

Brother Bollocks
believes
that they only
really benefit
a very few
privileged members
of society

that the majority
are herded together
in ignorance
for food

for fodder

for propping
up
the established
institutions

still
he goes
through the
motions

following
the crowds
of other cowards
on their appointed
rounds

going
along

seldom
getting along

spending
their lives
acting

reading
from scripts
handed to them
at birth

Brother Bollocks
wonders which
of his fellow
actors
also realize
their lies

because
he is certain
that he is not
the only one
existing
in disbelief

he would
love to meet
a sympathetic
imposter

someone
with whom
he could be
totally honest

without
disappointing

without
depressing
them

sharing
knowing nods
of incredulous
acceptance

laughing
at the ridiculousness
of their daily
routines

but knowing

without
a doubt

that a truth
lies
beneath
their actions
of affectation

a language
that only
a few
will dare
speak

he wishes
only to say
those words
aloud

to one
other
in total
understanding

in total
resignation