Harlan Simantel

Rookie (August 8,1951 / Hillsboro, Oregon USA)

Quiet truth Poem by Harlan Simantel


truth stands quietly by
watching the fabricators of war
continually distort and lie
as their countless victims fight and die

truth cannot be destroyed
or forever abused
political power impotent
to her invincible intent

impassive, eternal
she knows where liars go
consciences afire, burning slow
truth outlasts them, blow after blow

like the shining sun
obscured by dark cloud
truth is still quietly there
though mortal liars be bold and loud

truth has a power all its own
i once read
mess with her
she'll strike you dead

Submitted: Monday, April 14, 2008
Edited: Tuesday, April 15, 2008
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