Overcome


You must overcome the news, the
chattering fools; their actions prove
they know nothing but abuse, not
what might be good for me or you

Where ignorance of history rules
while each assumes confidence means
authentic authority established
through declining views, the absence of

Truths parading easy attention so
enthused, in the cheap revelations
of simpleton mathematics: epiphanies
reduced to camouflage straits

Where all who participate are made
into certain geniuses; artists, and
philosophers of the fake lay claim
to a greatness none could imitate

To disdain what each claims to hate
locked in what they perpetuate,
these views you state and cage
all insensate: what you now hallucinate

©Dean Baker

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