Homo Emptor

The Rev. Canon Dr. James M. McPherson

29 May 2019


with sculpted spontaneity, haute couture sincerity,

synthetic joy, and ads that tickle up our hopes and needs,

the Wily Narcissist draws us loyal serfs into his fortresses

of gleam and glam and glitter; yet in these stark

and arid citadels are myriad spontaneous connections:

strangers trusting other strangers with their stories

in pharmacies and hair salons; the ad hoc fellowship

around the public TV monitors, anxious for any news

or commenting while watching sport; elsewhere

on the premises someone makes a triple-zero call

while others rush to comfort and support; all showing

Homo Emptor but a bastard travesty of who we really are


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