Public displays seldom tell-all,
Vanity figures performance called for –
a ruse to make the hordes pander.
Clearly fault lies with us, audience
fuelling rhetoric, lapping up the hate.
Give politicians their due, they deliver
souped-up enemies to satisfy our tastes.

(For Reena’s Exploration challenge, where the prompt is the line: Public figures make us hate their enemies.)

Image from personal collection.


Quit the Noise

Paint-on rainbows
and special edition labels
do not a top-notch product make.

Have we not  learned –
domestic audiences are moving on,
are more discerning –

Timing is off
for this pumped up
charade –

Stay committed,
effort is warranted
if real change is to happen.