Machiavelli in the Moonlit Field (Fragment)

Lies are absolutely transparent: they
are the first thing we will believe.
We can only be deceived by that
which we wish inately to be true.

Yes, we cannot see to every point upon the Earth
but distant enough–even in the darkness.
That’s when seduction impales us sweetly . . .

Copyright 2011 by Michael Marsters.
All rights reserved.


6 thoughts on “Machiavelli in the Moonlit Field (Fragment)

  1. This is so interesting to read because of its overall tone; it could have been bitter, or angry or resentful or puzzled, but instead it has a calm acceptance about it. Because of course we do like to believe what isn’t true, and lies are often better than the truth. This is captured in your final line which evokes both the perils and pleasures of suspending our disbelief. The final words are very beautiful (and also a kind of warning): ‘impales us sweetly’.


    1. It’s a mixed blessing, I think…but I’m certainly resigned to the fact…And I think we have to suspend our disbelief to enjoy life most of the time…not just for plays or movies but for life in general…
      Thank you πŸ™‚


  2. How this reminds me that we each must be a full participant in our daily seductions by this world. I, too, celebrate the fact that you do not leave us in harsh resentment or anger at the end, but in sweetness.


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