People Are Smart

is something only salesmen and politicians say
and then only in public

Because once back home or off camera
even they know we’re a petty greedy vicious pernicious
ruthless heartless inconsiderate amoral species of gullible
short-sighted narcissistic self-destructive boneheads
with only flashes of brilliance and kindness
escaping our suffocating madness
every now and then

2020

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