The month of August has arrived, and I’m moving along on my quest to post a blog daily. I challenged myself to this intense post schedule. I have used the year 2021 to explore the various forms of poetry. This month I decided to write Proverbial forms of poetry. I will pick a proverb, a short common saying, and use it to create a poem in whatever direction the Muse chooses to lead me. However, you must remember we are talking about Word Daddy here. My Muse isn’t dependability or inspirational. He often leaves me high and dry when I need his help the most. Apparently, Proverbials have no particular rules. I will try not to sound cliché. My next attempt to write a Proverbial Poem, I will call Paltering.
There is a gypsy proverb that states, “There are things as false truths and honest lies.” Every time I watch a politician open their mouth on television, I understand the meaning of this ancient proverb.
His face screamed from my television
The general on the evening news
Answering a reporter’s question
With false truths and convenient lies
His uniform, a display of authority
A trickery for all the watching eyes
He pretended to be honest,
But I saw through the lies.
His crocodile tears a cleverly crafted ruse.
Next up the politician
Expensive black suit screaming wealth and knowledge
Making him look like a successful mortician
Speaking more truth between the lies.
He is better at deflecting the question
With statistics manipulated from random data
Honest lies that never mention
The actual answer to the question that was asked.
Paltering professional to the masses
You treat us all as if we were blind.
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