Emperor’s New Clothes

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“I expect loyalty,” he stated.

A silence followed.

Shock or perhaps because

There was

No honorable way to respond.

 

“I need loyalty,” he repeated

With the implication clear:

You bend the knee

Or you are gone,

Swear fealty to the man

Or you’re a traitor

And an enemy to be scorned.

“You will always get honesty from me,”

Came the measured return.

“That’s what I want,” twisted the retort,

“An honest loyalty.”

 

As if there was such thing

As honest loyalty

To one who deemed acceptable

Only what offers

Praise and supplication,

And allows no room

For truth,

Let alone for the calling out of

The Emperor’s bare bottom

Of the barrel

Governing

Or his disregard for honor

As he dons repeated sets of

Non-existent,

Yet much lauded by him,

‘New Clothes.’

 

 

Note: As it happens, the book I’m reading and which was right by my elbow as I read the prompt … is “The Mueller Report” (w/ commentary by the Washington Post; page 296 of the book, page 35 of volume II in the report).  … And the rest, well, is history. And what will be …? We shall yet see.

For Linda Gill’s SoCS: open book, point, write

 

In Denial

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“He’d never do that.”

“But he’s such a nice guy!”

“She’s lying or she’d have complained sooner.”

“He’s a pillar of the community.”

“Why ruin a man’s name?”

“I’ve never seen him do anything.”

“He said he didn’t do it. What else do you want?”

“Kids are unreliable.”

“Women lie about this stuff all the time.”

Even when videos surfaced following one victim’s suicide. Even after he was convicted. Some kept claiming he’d been the one wronged.

 

 

For Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Denial in 77 words

 

It is Time

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

It is time to make time

For the truth

Of what happened.

It is time to make space

For what some wished

Not be known.

It is time to take heed

Of the lengths went

To smother

The misdeeds and bad choices

So the fake

Will take hold.

It is time to revisit

Civic duty and justice

And refuse to permit

Free reign for hate,

Greed and lies.

It is time to return

To the truth.

For in fact it has long been

Well way past

The time.

 

 

 

For December Squares: Time

 

The Service


PHOTO PROMPT © Yvette Prior

 

All was set for the service.

Programs lounged on chairs in the next room. The adequately melancholy music played. Discrete tissue boxes rested at either end of the first row.

She waited as heels clicked on marble and black fabrics swished and the somber faces of acquaintances, rearranged for the occasion, nodded at her. She endured the hugs and shoulder pats and too-long handshakes. She breathed through the words.

The room quieted.

She rose and stared at the ornate urn on the dais before turning to face the living.

“You should know,” she began, “that Dad was not a good man.

 

 

For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

 

 

Be Heartened

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Take heart

Even when reality

Would bleed it dry

With injustice

And stale pride.

Be heartened

By the strength

Of those who wait out

The belligerent

And will not see

Truth and decency

Denied.

 

 

For Cee’s Black & White Photo challenge

 

Sophistry’s Secret

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Photo: Giovanni Pleitez; Pinterest

 

Once deception gains hold

And defended

As gold

It becomes a routine

For mis-truths

To be sold.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 6, 2018:

Sophistry

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Asseverate Assertively

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

When there’s no doubt in your heart

And truth is quite compelling,

Be firm

Be kind

And speak your mind,

For sooth is worth a telling.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for July 5, 2018:

Asseverate

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A Time’s Tome

 

 

There are tales in the making

Some so long, one might fear

Hope will drown in the swamps

Where the truth disappears.

But other tomes are unfolding

That the soul aches to hear:

Of corruption that ended

As justice grew near.

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 29, 2018:

Tome

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Meritorious Aim

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Photo: Smadar Halperin-Epshtein

 

Be the best

Make your quest

To put your spirit

To the test

So merit’s claim

Not empty fame

Becomes your aim.

 

 

Merriam-Webster’s word for June 17, 2018:

Meritorious

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Peace Point

 


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Central Park, NYC (Photo: Na’ama Yehuda)

 

The more chaotic life becomes

With power hungers gaining ground,

The more determined then I am

To point the beauty that surrounds,

The heart and kindness that abound

And the true peace that won’t succumb.

 

 

For The Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge