LIFE IS A CABARET

America arrives at the doors of 2021 and we say:

Welcome to the United States of Intolerance, 

we will not be inviting love in the door.  

Signs of support for one party or another 

will be vandalized on the street where you live.  

We will stop calling these warring factions “parties”.  

It’s us against them, when the world reopens.  

Knowing that shouting through spittle did not take a break, 

we log on, click like, swap clever memes in closed groups 

that do not invite love in the door.

Remembering evil, 

manifest in a cult of personality.

Remembering goodness, 

manifest in tearful farewells.  

I try not to swirl my thoughts like a mist on a wand

I don’t have a magic jar to store them in

and Hogwarts is closed due to Covid.  

Stage lights on, 

the Go-alongs to Get-alongs are hard to see

in their tawdry costumes of frayed lace and pre-washed denim.  

Stage lights off,

House lights up,

their pancake makeup streaked with tears, 

the players awaken only to be ignored 

by these United States of Intolerance 

as they sing in venues filled with echoes 

“Life is a cabaret, old chum, come to the cabaret”

The players will invite love in the door

and the masked audiences will file in

forgetting neither evil nor goodness 

when the world reopens. 

Published by Ms. C. G. Tripp

Catherine G. Tripp, Writer/Investor a lifelong mix. Left brain and right brain battle for dominance. I wrote the marketing materials for my mortgage brokerage, had a personal finance column at Examiner.com, wrote essays, short stories and poems published in school papers and magazines then literary journals. If my writings were a color, they would be yellow, bright as sunlight, highlighting the salient portions, not obscuring the past but deconstructing air brushed stories, finding humor and courage in the unloved corners.

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