This is the nightmare that we try to wake from,
the Halloween approaching midnight,
the last supper before the last morning
this is
the empire of illusion

don’t let them confuse you
that’s what they’re aiming to do.

this is not an old horror show
‘war of the worlds’
narrated by Orson Welles,
this is not radio,

this is us being broken.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.