Meditation on Donald Trump’s Ministry of Truth
I hold this to be self-evident--
truth is not always beauty,
and when, as now, the truth is ugly,
all beauty lies in seeing truth
and in preferring it to lies.
pass through the body undigested,
but trouble sleep, and leave us hungry.
So he has made a bed for us
to lie in, and he’s sugared it
with alternative lullabies.
Do we lie back and close our eyes,
or—seeking truth in duty—do we rise?
About the Author: Kevin Hearle’s first book--Each Thing We Know Is Changed Because We Know It, and Other Poem--was a finalist for the National Poetry Series, and is still in print. His poems have been published in many journals, including: The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, and Poetry Flash, and reprinted in numerous anthologies, including California Poetry: from the Gold Rush to the Present, Unfolding Beauty: Celebrating California's Landscapes, and, in the UK, The Poetry Cure. He has edited or co-edited three books, including the 2nd Viking Critical Edition of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath: Text and Criticism.