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Saturday, July 06, 2024

THE ENIGMA

by Lynn White


"The Enigma of Hitler" by Salvador Dali


Project 2025’s 180-Day Playbook is a remarkably detailed guide to turning the United States into a fascist’s paradise. —The New Republic, February 8, 2024

The new far-right alliance "Patriots for Europe," only launched two days ago, is already attracting suitors, reflecting a wider struggle for power among the EU's nationalists. Announced on 30 June by radical parties from Hungary, Austria, and Czechia, the Patriots aim to become the largest hard-right group in the European Parliament, and there are certainly plenty of options to increase membership. —euronews, July 2, 2024

The far right wins the first round of France’s snap election —NPR, July 1, 2024


Hitler was an enigma,
Dali knew it,
he could sense it
even in the nonsense of his dreams
he knew Maldoror was malodorous.

Yes, Hitler was an enigma,
such a master of communication,
but Dali knew that his communication
would be as broken as his old black phone,
no more likely to function than an umbrella is
to change into a bat and fly away when the end came.

But that was then and now Dali is dead,
perhaps more dead than Hitler,
who seems again an enigma,
a still unbroken influencer 
of malodorous malevolence
in the era of mobile phones 
and the reality of fake news
breeding New Pretenders to the crown
he left seemingly broken beyond repair.

So many now ready to pick up the pieces 
and put them together to fly
with no umbrella for protection
in the perpetual rain of the present
which spells the death of dreams.


Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality and writes hoping to find an audience for her musings. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Peach Velvet, Light Journal, and So It Goes.