SUBJECT:

Ask us, tell us, what it’s about,
Where the traitors, where the friends,
Where the hope is, where the doubt,
Tell us, ask us, how it ends.

Let us know before we speak
What we’ll say, and how,
Who the heroes, who the weak,
What parameters allow.

Let us know before we kiss,
Tell us who we’ll marry
Or why the days are meaningless
Or how the stories vary.

Guess the weather, name that tune,
Take your places in the grave,
History gone, and worlds soon,
Type the future in, and ‘save,’

Save Juliet, and Romeo,
Summer nights, Scheherazade−
The everlasting status quo
Of a steady, disappointed god.