There Are Established Elegies
by KJ Hannah Greenberg
There are established elegies for times when faffy goings-on,
Respectively, at UK, US, and French embassies, trouble all
Persons meant to claim vast universes of semi-fostered beings.
More often, inversely, viverrids’ lives result in natural smiles,
In wuxia posters, or in piles of manhua. Most denizens prefer
Their escapes over taking responsibility for civilization’s cogs.
Consequently, Mary-Sue Disease’s become an epidemic, new
Manners of critical thinking have resettled in sewers, school’s
Been “out” for decades, good feels top motivational hierarchies.
In such a clime, factotums bend down and otherwise genuflect
Before obstreperous satraps. They chant canticles until cows,
Groundhogs, assorted wrens come tripping over the catafalques.
It remains true that the elegies, which garner the most publicity,
Remain no better than neoplasms stuck on authors’ descriptions
Of long dead word styles, clothing fads, plus urban architecture.
About the author
KJ Hannah Greenberg captures the world in words and images. Her latest photography portfolio is 20/20: KJ Hannah Greenberg Eye on Israel. Her newest poetry collection is The Wife/Mom (Seashell Books, 2020). Her most recent fiction collection is Walnut Street
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