Pestilence can be eradicated . . .

Tales told over and over
take hold in one’s memory.
Lies told over and over,
still lies.

Oft heard lies ferment.
Fester in one’s brain,
in one’s psyche.
Foment unrest, distrust.
Rattle rational thought
into rationalization.

Beware the frequent liar,
the pseudo Pied Piper.
Rats follow in legions.
Sewers clog with muck.
Rotten smells waft high,
putrify the air.

Rise up ye voices!
Shout facts! Blow forth truths
from the mountain top.
Topple the house of cards.

Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. Today Lisa asks us to consider fermentation. We are to “write a poem that uses any of the definitions, examples, images, or applications of fermentation that inspires” our Muse.
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12 thoughts on “Pestilence can be eradicated . . .

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) October 11, 2022 / 3:09 pm

    Lies fermenting… The play reading I went to yesterday had exactly that theme… It was called “the antelope party” and I really like it.

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    • lillian October 11, 2022 / 3:22 pm

      Will have to Google it and see if I can find the play!


  2. kim881 October 11, 2022 / 3:16 pm

    The pumpkin in the image looks so dangerous! A bit like Trump – same colour anyway. So much truth in your poem, Lill. Especially ‘Beware the frequent liar’.

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    • lillian October 11, 2022 / 3:23 pm

      Yup….I just can’t say the orange one’s name, so disgusted am I by him. But you’ve got it. I was debating different topics for a poem with this prompt, then read some headlines and got disgusted and this came out! It’s like I want to scream it from the mountain top: people, WAKE UP!

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  3. msjadeli October 11, 2022 / 3:52 pm

    Love the alliteration in this Lillian. Stephen Colbert had Maggie Haberman, author of book, “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald T***** and The Breaking of America” on his show last week. Very astute speaker and researcher with so many wise insights into the canker that is our former potus.


  4. Rob Kistner October 11, 2022 / 6:24 pm

    From your lips Lil, to the garden of the gods of justice and truth. If I were younger I may be apt to raise more than my voice. Excellent piece my friend.

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  5. marialberg October 11, 2022 / 8:09 pm

    I like the comparison of festering lies to fermentation and that whole third stanza.

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  6. Misky October 12, 2022 / 4:21 pm

    So much truth and warning in this poem. Well done.

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  7. paeansunplugged October 16, 2022 / 3:56 pm

    Oh, Lillian, how lies ferment! What a rousing call to action, “Rise up ye voices!
    Shout facts! Blow forth truths”

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