Veiled Treasures

We approach the stage
as equal players – all
and hear the carrion call
images to pacify
images to parade
the writing is on the wall
Holy ladies of virtue
enchantresses
goddesses of seduction
all washed away by the ‘new woman’
the model of mediocrity
in a culture possessed
with the widespread practice
of a single unified ideal

The mindless elect, en masse
without regard for the virtues
of the aged or injured
whose various skintones
and shades of grey
offer more versatility
and greater wisdom
than the generic implications
that will finance
ritualizations and social mythologies
for years to come.

Who then gawks upon
the faithless
and independent
as mysteries concealed by contempt
for such daring and devisiveness?

As waves of faithful worshippers
at the mirrored altar of deception
rise to power
few are left
to carry the torch
that burns in the name of independence;
a natural beauty all its own.

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