The Victory Party

He saw everything changing, things slipping away.
Was this how it was going to be, he wondered.

Nothing would be the same, regardless of his desire,
but strangely, this did not annoy him as much as
the superficial chatter of his table companions.

Across the room, several party-goers were gathered
around the piano player as he honored their requests
for the good old songs, with their familiar lyrics.

They all sang along, mostly off key, seemingly oblivious
to the angry mob running through the streets down below.

It slowly dawned on him that he had been here before,
and even though the times were different, and the costumes,
there was an eerie recognition, a deja vu, and this intrigued him.

As he sipped his drink, he realized that he was no longer
in New York, but in Germany — everyone was speaking German,
toasting the new Reich, and Germany was going to be great again!

He blinked his eyes, and now he was in France, and everyone
was celebrating the revolution, while the guillotine outside
was systematically separating the royalty from their heads.

He shook his head, and now he was back in America.

The people had voted, yet even with the party atmosphere,
he recognized a troubling apprehension in everyone’s eyes
just behind their thin facades, and now he knew why.

Everything changes, but everything remains the same.



About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: Essays on the Conscious Process: Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: Verses and ramblings on life as it is: Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: Verses on the Play of Consciousness: Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: Poems of the Mountain Hermit: Love Poems from The Book of Yes: Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: Thank You!
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