When the Pretentious are Confused

the people sit in circles

eating small meals

while recounting

what came before


when they open their mouths they

speak as if they’ve got “it” all figured out

and direct their limbs so elegantly

one might mistake them for some prominent conductor

or maybe even an old Greek statue

— how they hold their arms outstretched

— their fingertips extensions of their minds


but then the moment passes

and they’re no longer paused

because they don’t know anymore than

anyone else does, lost just the same,

mesmerized by freedom’s haunt

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