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Pandemic of Lies

by K1 (aka Chris Kermiet)

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Pandemic of Lies
poem-of-the-month, May, 2020 @


We're in the midst of a Pandemic of Lies!
White lies, black lies, gray lies, orange lies.
Lies from above, from right, left, and below.
Life-threatening lies; casual lies.
Usually from men in suits and ties.

Now, the rapidly spreading infection
Seems to have an exponential projection.
Lies overshadowed by even bigger lies,
Then followed by lies about previous lies.

Facts are confronted by dissimulation,
With obfuscation presented as clarity.
Respect has now been replaced by "ratings",
And honor displaced by "popularity".

Alternative facts, alternative news:
Truth obscured by point-of-view,
Science subverted by intuition,
Knowledge superseded by superstition.

We're in the midst of a pandemic of lies.
Way more virulent than any virus —
No obvious treatment, no vaccination.
Who will cure us? How? When?

"Is there no help for the widow's son?"
When will this ravenous plague be done?
Will anything be as it was before?
Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."


released May 1, 2020


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K1 Denver, Colorado

K1 (aka Chris Kermiet) has had several careers in his lifetime: as a jazz performer and arranger, a rock drummer and record producer, a traditional dance caller and teacher (contras, squares, English Country Dance), and as a composer (primarily electronic and choral music). He's been writing poems since his early 20's, and has been putting them online, one per month, for the last 7 years. ... more

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