A new influx of Morticians
Morticians of tradition
We need some embalmers
Who won’t harm us,
Who won’t harm what has gone before,
Who will handle it with such care
That it still appears to be alive.
Agitators need not apply.
No big ideas or imagination
A stationary stance is our preference.
No enhancements, no reframing
Refrain from the novel
Make your declarations of assent
To the rigidity of the past.
A past viewed through those comfortable rose tints
Constructed through nostalgia
How the world used to be
But never really was.
Taking our specially formulated embalming fluid
Cultivated over generations
Our secret recipe;
Your role is to simply prop it all up.
To give the appearance of life to that long dead.
Vacuum pack models of past ‘success’
Market them with catchy titles from 20 years ago
Throw in some graphics
And there you have it
Full training given