Live bait

It’s playing out
we’re paying out
and
they’re reeling us in.

As if
we’ve never had it so good.

But
it’s once upon a playtime
a long time ago,
Bethlehem and wiser men
than we will ever know.

Lost in the maze with
my lazy left eye
turning the corners
trying to get by.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.