The battlelines are drawn.
Actors posing as real people
Playing themselves
In various combinations.
Me vs. Them vs. Us vs. You.
It is difficult to know who is who.
The Congregation of the Self Serving
Forever changing names and costumes.
See the villain turn hero,
Fade into the background.
Alliances and Competition shift.
Sharks prefer to consume
Anything/everything in sight.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers…a lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.