eyes flinching from daylight.
the intrusive revelation-
exposure. here we are.

feigning some pious observance. (look busy!) pass
for a true believer.

the surface appearance preserves the order.
seditious thought/makes not a single dent/not a scuff/not a bruise/upon that perfect gloss.

wait for what? some unpunctual Dorothy to break the spell?
Draw aside the curtain/to show there's no one there?

the impersonal whirring of a self-perpetuating machine.

Moloch who devours each sacrifice/with neither relish/
nor distaste.

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