“The Distinction” by C. Elena

agonies of a spoon / edward michael supranowicz / in parentheses / volume 6 issue 3 / winter 2021

Sometimes good guys don’t wear white, and sometimes punk chicks don’t wear black. Nashville’s Cybelle Elena can attest to this. A child of Seattle’s 90s grunge community, the artist and writer knows firsthand the cultural mystique attached to growing up in counterculture — her work gives a nod and a smirk.

Artwork by Edward Michael Supranowicz featured originally in Winter 2021 Issue of In Parentheses.

The Distinction

She’s staring through me in a sage-filled room
It’s the middle of the afternoon
But it’s dark in here

She flipped the tower card
Snipped some rosemary from the yard
Said she had a premonition
But it wasn’t clear

Maybe it’s wishful thinking
Or maybe she’s Jeane Dixon
After all, I guess we’re living among electric sheep

Stirring up gravel in my driveway
He’s in route to the highway
Says we’ve got to get out of Dodge

The stadium has been converted
And he can’t tell me where he heard it
But he knows someone
Who knows someone
In the CDC

Maybe it’s wishful thinking
Maybe I don’t know the distinction
After all, I guess we’re living among conspiracies

John Franklin Enders, a Nobel laureate
Was he burdened with regret?
My parents never would be

“Vaccines are dangerous!”
“Uncle Sam is just trying to poison us!”
But never mind their habits
with LSD

Maybe it’s wishful thinking
Maybe they never let it sink in
After all, I guess we’re living among the free

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