The Veneer

Sandhiprakash Bhide

Looks are everything these days

The marketing, the gimmicks

The slogans, the colorful wrappers

Who cares what’s in the core

 

Lovely faces covered with foundation

Beautiful luscious pink lips

Smeared by gaudy lipsticks

Woolen jackets covering shapeless bodies

 

Beautiful curly eyelashes

Layered by mascara

Behind the fake smiles

Flow Rivers of spite

 

Soap to clean the body

But nothing to cleanse the soul

Glossy Veneer on the tabletop

With woodchip board underneath

 

Under the Armani suite

A torn T-shirt with holes 

A hot red colored Mustang

With engine leaking oil

 

Ignorance covered by senseless arguments

Mediocrity covered by meager overconfidence

Facts overshadowed by false claims

Blaming others to cover own deficiencies

 

Knowledge, Experience, and Wisdom

Overtaken by Lust of Power

Beauty engulfed by Sexiness

And pretty face searching for Hotness

 

Freedom and duties covered by Selfishness

Sharing covered by Greed

January 6 just becomes another day

Mass shooting becomes the New Norm

 

When come the tough testing times

The Veneer melts and evaporates

What remains is the solid core

Of Steel and Brass and Gold

 

Of Manners, Morals, and Respect

Character, Common Sense and Trust

Patience, Class, and Integrity

Love, Empathy, and Humanity

 

Care, Curiosity, and Dignity

Honor, Gestalt, and Culture

Patriotism, Selflessness, and Seva or to others

Motivation, Grit, and Passion

 

OK to cover up small deficiencies with Veneer

As long as there is a solid core underneath

A good looking human interface is fine 

With a solid Operating System at the heart

 

So, when will decency return?

When will common sense return?

When will the Veneer melt?

And when will we be genuine, honest, and kind Americans again?