A strange new word impinged on my drowsy state yesterday and set me thinking. Meliorism means that the world tends to become better, or may be made better by human effort. Can this definition be justified? When you think of all the dreadful damage that human effort has wrought in the world – war and killing, crime, and cruelty, poverty and despoliation of our planet, I have to suggest that the dictionary is wrong.
Great art and music,
true love and literature
are they recompense
for all the evil
that men wreak on our planet?
The dictionary provided another useful word today, a response from my muddled brain: hokum.
This mixture of poetry and prose is for Meeting the Bar at the dVerse poets’ pub