Have We Come to This?

Marc Chagall julliard.edu

Marc Chagall

Have we come to this?
By chance or by choice
far from where we started
modernity has caught us up
like fallen autumn foleage
carried us off in its flow
We have come to this!

Once we were believers
we have become skeptics
Once others were trusted
they have become suspects
Once we were contented
we have become cynical
This we have become!

Old before our time
we sit in front of TVs
watch the world pass by
Once our enlightenment
it now feeds our apathy
With a flip of a switch
we simply turn it off

   Have we come to this?
   We have come to this!

“Our people, neighbors once, have left homes and names
to stray in the pubic ways, loose money
spent at the bidding of machines. At the Crucifixion
they stand and watch, having bartered their fish
as the price of admission. They believe this death
is a show, and they duly consent to be diverted.
In that speech whatever is said that is true
is a lie. Under the public cloud blighted
humans swarm like flies upon a wound.” ~ Wendell Berry


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Have We Come to This?

  1. communities disappearing…

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