Will There Be An Ishmael?

“ … (post-truth): relating to or denoting  circumstances in which objective
facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion
and personal belief.” —Washington Post

“…for there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely
outdone by the madness of men ” —Herman Melville, Moby Dick


today facts do not matter
we’re in religion’s grip
denying what’s essential:
truth and the hope it will prevail

earth, once sphere, again is flatter
we’ve committed souls to Ahab for a coin

I wonder, will there be an Ishmael—
but who will be alive to hear his tale?

Jim Culleny