THUS SPRACH ELVIS
On January 14 1973 Elvis Presley in a
bejewelled white pantsuit strutted+sneered
his way through the 1st concert via satellite
in history He was 38 newly bloated & deep
into Demerol+Dilaudid His image jolts the
mind: a caged tiger a stuck bull Fallen secular
God of America Simpler times?
Today is also one of historical note 3 million copies
of Charlie Hebdo with the Prophet Mohammed on it’s
cover (He is Charlie too) The caption reads: All is
forgiven While in Germany (where Elvis was stationed
in WWII) thousands march against Muslim immigrants
It seems that we are heading into familiar territory
Is Joe Muslim the new whipping boy?
Does the weight of the past teach us nothing?
How much do we love this 21st Century?
It’s fortunate that the guillotine is no longer in effect.
(Globe & Mail editorial January 15, 2015)
Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally
discover everybody’s face but their own.
Jonathan Swift 18th C