..from The Poetry Hotel.. ‘Kool Aid For Dark Gods’


Things may appear to be normal for you.
You take refuge in the certitude that I have
accepted what’s been presented, offering
no visible dissent. Whether is it insult, abuse –
the virtue of your beauty or the wisdom
in believing the truth as delivered, you will

Notice neither remorse, ingratitude nor
suppressed attitude. You will believe your life
continues as it should; that you have scored
another mark on the wall, scaled a low height
so that whatever state of mind you require continues.
There will be no indication of other ideas, of

Other perceptions not participating in the scheme.
From where you stand behind the screen of
childhood memories, vengeance and attributes
of righteousness, along with an imperturbable
inviolability, there is no danger reaching out
from a cushioned darkness, no scratch on the blackboard

No sudden whiff of a scent made by monsters
merely biding their time for you to fall asleep.
Everything contributes to your ideas of the good
as you ease off into dreams unaware that dark
dealing has long ago claimed you for itself
where you breathe, stand and look now out on anything.

©Dean Baker

-excerpt from The Poetry Hotel, 104 pages, $12.99- buy the book, scare yourself








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