manipulation is as old as creation
and how vibrantly it still survives!
powerful, not by its own devices
but by those who keep it alive

though the tragedy is not that manipulation lives
but that it believes itself a winning card
or maybe those who manipulate
believe themselves the winners
the scorers, the smart

insults to the intelligence
i don't appreciate them
i don't receive
i don't indulge
i don't oblige

without a moment's pause
without a second thought
i discard