Another in the Analog Series, a photo taken with an Olympus SLR camera c. 1975.
On the Road to Quéribus
Last year about this time
we could still hit the road any day
we wanted and not worry about
defying lockdown rules
or getting fined if we got caught.
A year later and the situation is better.
We are getting vaccinated,
though the process is protracted,
but the infection still spreads
because people don’t heed the science.
What good’s science if you ignore it?
Might as well be back in the middle ages
when the mountain stronghold of Quéribus
was one of the last bastions
of the Cathar heretics who
had been hunted down for over a century
by the forces of the king of France
and local dukes and counts who
couldn’t say no to a good crusade
against their own people for being
obstinate adherents to their ancient,
quirky take on religion, which
nobody thought much of science
in those days and believed
in miracles and mountebanks
preaching, literally, pie in the sky
upon death, or, if not properly blessed,
fire in the hole.
Glad it’s better now,
but how much, really?
Theives and mountebanks still thrive
in times of chaos, so beware
on the road to Quéribus.
Have a great weekend.