Oscillating randomly around any true signal
Buzzes all kinds of noise
White, Pink, Brown, Black, Shot, Poisson, Normal, Phase, Transient
Temporary flares awaiting mean reversion
So to equate an unrepresentative spike
With a bona fide increase
And dub an anecdote
The new status quo
Is the mistake of an amateur
Fool or fraud with ulterior motives
Like when after the election of our first black president
Some claimed that racism had come to an end
“We have reached the top!
Now let us dispense with this pesky climbing gear.”
Only to have it roar back — broad swaths of people
For their language’s
Word for God
Or parent’s birthplace
— in its ugliest form
With a fool’s gold face of Orange noise
So now that we have a woman similarly poised
For similarly false grand claims: “Full Gender Equality
(Even more) misogyny
Hysterical, shrill, and overly emotional itself
And yet one hopes against hope
These victories are not outliers but indeed indicative —
Hope: echoes of that word reverberate manifold from bygone cycles
Transmogrifying the ‘o’ to an ‘a’ and the ‘p’ to a ‘t’
these melancholy days —
Of real progress, though the ever-increasing standard deviation makes
All but impossible to reach
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