The Lotus Eaters

Time escapes the mind softened by brain inhibitors meant to ease pain or render a restless people into mindless oblivion. It is easier to let decisions be made for you, easier to go along because, what the hell, there’s shopping to be done, bills to be paid, a vacation to take and appetites to be fed. Let the big decisions rest on the shoulders of those just crazy enough to want to hold up the world and lead the way, tumbling a population over the cliff towards annihilation.

Hunting

SEAMUS
Hey, Maya, have you noticed that mom’s been unusually quiet these days?

MAYA
I’ve noticed that after she went away for a few days she slept a lot when she returned. Put me off my schedule and I was holding my bladder something fierce. Now she’s back to her old self and food is right on time, so I’m happy.

SEAMUS
Where did she go?

Friendship

TESSA
Word is she was in some place called a hospital.

MAYA
Yeah, I heard it was a traffic jam of broken bodies getting part replacements. Do you think they can give me a new heart?

TESSA
Who are you the Tin Man? Little doggies don’t get new hearts because its too expensive. Animals and humans are not equal in the eyes of the human race so get used to it.

SEAMUS
Well, I think Maya’s worth a fortune.

TESSA
To humans she’s just an irritating terrier with a short life span, just like the rest of us.

MOM
Hey, what are you three conspirators talking about?

Family1

SEAMUS
Ummm, Maya’s heart and your new hip.

TESSA
And that you haven’t been writing about us. We need to vent mom, and you’ve been living in the land of the lotus eaters.

MOM
Indeed I have. The mind plays interesting tricks on you when under the influence of opioids, my pretties. Fascinating what you can conjure up and then realize it makes no sense whatsoever.

MAYA
But people do opioids for fun, don’t they mom? They can even prescribe them for children now, which is kind of scary.

MOM
There are so many layers to how the brain works. We see what floats on the surface and the odd reflection we take to be real, but what lies deep requires a clear mind and plenty of practice to uncover the truth.

Lilly Pads

SEAMUS
Heavy mom, meanwhile millions of lives are being destroyed by the use of legal substances. There’s an epidemic in America and if this were a virus from a mosquito killing people they would be spraying chemicals over everyone.

MAYA
Hah, or is it the pesticides they were spraying that created birth deformities and the chemical corporation blamed it on the mosquitoes. Now they get to spray wherever they want.

MOM
My, my, you have been keeping up to snuff on the news! What have I missed?

MAYA
Well, it’s interesting how the Zika virus has been around for a long time and was never linked to brain deformities in the past. And yet now they find that the chemicals that are being sprayed in the rural villages in South America have contaminated the food and water supply and there has also been like a sudden rise in birth deformities.

SEAMUS
Is this one of those things you humans call a coincidence, mom?

TESSA
Point the finger and place the blame on some one else, that’s the human condition. Ya can’t pin that on animals, mom.

Tessa

MOM
I can see you are doing your homework and thinking outside the media bubble. Well done!

SEAMUS
OK, so here’s one, how about that weird guy Trump who says he’ll deport communists from America and his father-in-law is a card carrying member of the communist party.

MAYA
Could be Trumps way of keeping his in-laws out of his hair and back in Slovenia. Makes sense to me.

TESSA
Now don’t go getting started on my man Trump, just because Bernie got the heave-ho and Hillary is digging to bury her bones. Trump and Clinton represent everything that America has become and as scary as that may sound it makes for exciting entertainment.

SEAMUS
Mom, does the opioid epidemic have anything to do with people not seeing the full picture of what is happening in the world around them. I mean I’m a wall eyed Shih Tzu and I can see it clear as day.

MAYA
I hate to break it to you all but America is no longer a democracy, we are an oligarchy where the richest man or woman wins the day. We are watching Beat the Price between two political parties who function at the command of the one percent of the richest oligarchs in the country.

MOM
Wow, that’s a mouthful coming from you, Maya. And yes Seamus, keeping the populace laced on opioids, alcohol, marijuana, pornography, violence and processed foods allows for the slime of humanity to rise to the top and claim dominance. Nothing new in human evolution, although it does seem to be getting worse, eh?

Reflection

SEAMUS
We are living in the dark times, remember? According to ancient scriptures we are in the age of Kali Yuga.

MOM
Yes, the age of deterioration and decline. We can see it all around the world and it is predicted that our world, our very existence will end and after a time of incubation Gaia will emerge again in glorious splendor.

TESSA
But without humans.

MAYA
If she’s smart then without humans, instead she’ll return with packs of Cairn terriers, and ok, a few Shih Tzu’s and a cat or two just to give us something to chase.

SEAMUS
We’re thinking no terriers, right Tess?

TESSA
Two to one here, Maya, so the majority rules. Now if only the ninety-nine percent would grasp the concept we just might stretch these dark days out a few years longer.

Kissing

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