Disillusionment of Evening TV Programs
By David Hartley Mark
(With Apologies to Wallace Stevens,
Whom No Undergraduates “Get,” Anyway)
The houses are entertained
By pale TV screens.
They are not human,
Though they contain human images,
And Flesh-and-Blood Humans are watching them
Seated on Couches & La-Z-Boys
While holding small plastic, glass, and metal rectangles
With more images of humans
And words projected thereon
It all appears very human.
We cannot see if the Human Images are wearing socks of lace
Or beaded ceintures.
It does not affect the Message, the Transmission thereof,
And the Humans laugh, and stare, and laugh some more, and
Gently touch buttons, on
Only, here and there, an old curate,
A cold cup of tea at his elbow,
Reads, “I have Sind”
In an English History.