Now is, again, as was before, over, then again far more;
Risen surely to decline, close-hauled to tack the hegemonic line.
Afore the mast! Hale! Wholesale plethora – and panic shall prevail!
All hands chained to wind and lace – immemorial dictate of the order:
From City to borough,
From parlour to agora,
From Chapel to Tower,
From the Hudson to Mooi River,
Yesterday’s prologue, today’s terror, for tomorrow’s new diaspora.
Alas! Behold the scene: a commonplace tragicomedy
– of daylight thespians impoverished by Chronic Normality!
An effete shoulder, an epaulette, a mantle cut too slim, pockets flounced, lining annexed, collar itching thin; fire fleeced, hunger tamed, buttons broke with woe, and a proud scarf tied to name, obsequious, Same & Co.
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