The Appointment


By Ronnie Smith

Well, it’s done.
The inconceivable,
the wrong-turning
of events that seem
so distant and vague.

Our pride dropped,
with Wedgwood pieces
shattered at our feet.
Our past, the only space
that now seems safe.

The smirking agent
from another world,
his shady friends making
calls in the darkness,
discreetly off-stage.

The hidden, new-money
elite finally emerge to do
their dirty work in public.
Immune and careless
as the Enlightenment ends.

And on the counter lie
our treasures, freedom, trust,
integrity, myths and legends,
our selves. Wrapped and presented
for sale as America waits by the door.

Ronnie Smith 23 July 2019