The question is certain to surface
              "On which side is it you stand?"
when observing  for instance
possibly demonic  perfectly abysmal
                     slickly implemented plans.

Do you denounce such lousy systems
such evil schemes
              such harebrained plots
                            such atrocious notions
spotlighting their colossal flaws

       or d'you instead applaud
                     the professional devotion
       the awesome efficiency
       and single-minded blindness
              with which they're set in motion?

To what you direct
                     your and others' attentions
answers itself this central question:
which side   of this clear divide are you on?


The question has and will always arise
— which side do you choose:
reassuring lies or disconcerting truths?

Which is to say
are you willing to risk living
with all the bother that's bound to ensue

the instant you decide
to break the chains  of confirmation bias
       that do all they can to restrain
       what your mind is inclined to receive

or d'you simply go
with the ever-credulous untroubled flow
                            of willfully oblivious ease?
From his lofty perch near the top of the earth, Korvus observes the whirling world of humans, with equal parts wonder, disgust, and amusement. Korvus is the author of the unpublished book "RED PILL POEMS: The Poetry of Empire, Politics and Power" and may be reached at Read other articles by Korvus.