Today’s response to MURI’S 2020 CHALLENGE FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH.  Like the 2019 challenge, this consists of 13 prompts, one for each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in April. They can be completed in any order.  If you are interested in participating, click on the above link for the prompts and posting guidelines.

In an “economy of creativity,” I have combined prompts #9 and #10:
“Explore your feelings about deceit in a poem.”
“Write about 2 opposites using an Etheree and a Reverse Etheree.”

There is none so blind as he who will not see.  I find it astonishing that so many people dismiss the difficult truths before them and put their faith in fairy tales.  A lie dressed up in a thousand-dollar suit is still a lie.  Repeating it doesn’t make it true.  Calling it an “alternative fact” or a “spin” doesn’t make it true.  We are all culpable to some degree for the problems plaguing our country and planet.  Rather than accepting our share of the blame and working toward solutions, we bury our heads in the sand and pretend everything is fine.  Well, it isn’t, and it isn’t going to get better until we open our eyes (and minds) to the truth.


Alternative facts
Out-and-out bullshit
Misleading information
False promises, propaganda
Contradictions, inconsistencies
So many eager to drink the Kool-aid

Deceit assaults our every sense and yet
we believe what we want to believe
instead of seeking out what’s real
Straightforward information
from credible sources
Trustworthy advice
The facts

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15 thoughts on “A LIE BY ANY OTHER NAME…

  1. Tippy Gnu April 20, 2020 / 9:28 am

    I like the artistic shapes you can make with poems. This one kind of reminds me of a bow and arrow. And it’s right on target.

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    • Just Joan April 20, 2020 / 10:36 am

      Thanks, Tippy. The poem is bow-shaped because it’s an etheree and a reverse etheree. First line is one syllable, second is two, etc, up to ten, then back down. I’m pleased you think it’s right on target. Truth is king! If only people would stop twisting it around, maybe we could see it more clearly. 🙂

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    • Just Joan April 20, 2020 / 10:39 am

      Thanks, KE. The biggest truth in the whole poem is this: we believe what we want to believe. 🙂

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  2. Older and Wiser April 20, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    Loved it! Perception is reality for most. Truth is only found by those humble enough to realize that their perception is one of many, and may or may not be correct, and who are willing to read, study, and struggle to find and accept the truth. Truth must be sought.

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    • Just Joan April 21, 2020 / 12:17 pm

      Hola, Older and Wiser! Happy to see you here. I’ve been posting a few times a week during April for my friend Muri’s National Poetry Month challenge. So many people “search” for the truth with a closed mind. What they’re actually seeking are opinions that validate their own. It’s hard to separate fiction from non-fiction, fact from opinion, the way it’s presented today. Experts are accused of spreading fake news and hoaxes while laypeople spew wishful thinking as if they’d taken dictation from God Himself. All you can do is choose trustworthy sources and make sure their claims pass the tests of common sense and science. 🙂


  3. Chevvy April 21, 2020 / 10:51 am

    I’ve not heard of these forms of verse before but they are spot on for the subject at hand. Yep, you are also right that we are complicit in one way or another when it comes to separating truth from fairytales. Well done Joan! Btw, I am back on the blog. Will tell you more about that when I have a chance.

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    • Just Joan April 21, 2020 / 12:28 pm

      Hi Chev! You’re gonna start blogging again? YAY!!! Blame or deny, that’s what people do. Is it any wonder? Look at the role models they have. It’s easy to blame Global Warming on industry, fossil fuels, airplanes, destruction of the rainforest, etc, and forget that we all own minute parts of the problem. I buy things made by those industries, I heat with natural gas and drive a gasoline-powered car, fossil fuels are burned to produce my electricity, I buy products that are shipped thousands of miles and encased in plastic, I throw away 30 gallons of garbage every week. I’m a small part of the problem, but I’m not blameless. Neither am I powerless to start cleaning up my own little corner. 🙂

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      • Chevvy April 21, 2020 / 4:07 pm

        Good for you Joan!


  4. murisopsis April 22, 2020 / 11:51 am

    This is beautiful! I know so many suffering from cognitive dissonance. Well, they don’t actually suffer but everyone around them does. I hope that when I get information I never lose the ability to look at it and hold it to the flame of truth and if it is false be able to let it go!!!

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    • Just Joan April 22, 2020 / 12:17 pm

      Thanks, Muri. There is a quote attributed to Buddha that says “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.” Very wise. At the age of 51, my bullshit meter is pretty finely tuned. If something doesn’t jibe, I question it. 🙂

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      • murisopsis April 22, 2020 / 8:58 pm

        If only everyone would do the same. My favorite quote from Albert Einstein is “The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

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  5. circumstance227 April 26, 2020 / 12:40 pm

    This is brilliant, 42. It’s going up on my pinboard. I especially love the expanding scope of the lying part and then the distilling down to truth. Form and content in perfect sync.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 26, 2020 / 1:02 pm

      The pinboard, 227? I’m honored! Yeah, lies do tend to grow and get increasingly ridiculous. Where the truth is simple and straight-forward. 🙂


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