The Library is Where the Lies are Buried

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sadness whispers through the shadows of darkness . . .
fear feeds the greedy evil, that grows obese . . .
today was what we saw yesterday . . .
and they said we lie . . .

peace was the illusion . . .
found in a meadow of fantasies . . .
where fairies danced . . .
and unicorns pissed rainbows . . .

in the forest not magical, not enchanted . . .
the fruit they saw, were strange, swaying in trees . . .
now they’ve fallen and staining the black top . . .
blue shields standing tall behind walls of pride . . .

and spirits in white sheets are cowards that hide . . .
weary souls wept in vain, others aim for suicide . . .
a cause that leads none to victory, the quandary remains . . .
divided by ignorance, united by listening . . .

right was made wrong, because the blind refuses to see . . .
one love said Marley, by the content said King . . .
murder is murder regardless of the license . . .
even where freedom of speech was by right . . .

probable cause was an equitable excuse . . .
they made the innocent pay for the rogue . . .
they said we started what began long ago . . .
they choose to or do they forget . . .
the lies buried in history . . .

©Kimberly Wilhelmina Floria 7/19/16

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17 thoughts on “The Library is Where the Lies are Buried

  1. A powerful piece of poetry Kim.. “right was made wrong, because the blind refuses to see”… Keep turning those pages my friend.. Awareness is opening the right books at the right time..
    Love to you and wishing you a Happy Halloween xx

  2. Great poem and very powerful words on history. The reference to the coward in white sheets made me think o Billie Holiday’s song “Strange Fruit.” I read a great editorial on the decline of truth today. In it, he notes a conservative radio show host’s lament in the efforts of his own party to demonize the media, they have eliminated the referees and gatekeepers who seek the truth.

    In the article, it is noted that a Trump follower who believes every word that the man says, said the following. “We need more people to teach history. We have not had any racism and gun problems for two hundred years, except for the last eight years.” How do you convince people like this that their candidate has a problem with the truth and has had such for his entire adult life? Keith

    1. People like that are either totally brain washed into believing slavery didn’t happen like they try and tell the Jews the holocaust didn’t happen. It’s not a history to be proud of but it happen and to help reverse the damaging effects we need the whole ugly affair out in the open.

      The strange fruit was reference to Billy Holiday. Glad you liked it and picked up the metaphors.

      1. Kim, have you seen the HBO movie with Audra McDonald (I think) playing Billie Holliday playing at a saloon? It is quite good. When I was watching the excellent series on the history of Jazz on PBS, it mentioned she started performing at night clubs in New York as the road became too violent because of the racism, but also the sexism from her fellow travelers. Her sadness and angst is very apparent in her singing.

        1. Yes I did see it. It was heartbreaking. My grandmother mother loved her. I could see why from that movie. I grew up listening to her music as a kid but of course I didn’t understand Neil I was older.

          1. Kim, the special on Jazz noted there were better singers than Holiday (Bessie Smith, e.g.), but very few who could match her interpretive style. The comedian Billy Crystal did a one-man show called “700 Sundays,” where he talks about Holiday when he knew her as a child. Apparently, his father had a record store and produced a Friday night live show where Black entertainers could get a fair wage for performing. Crystal said she would call him “Mister Billy” and he would call her “Miss Billie.” She would take him to the movies with her. When his father passed, the funeral was attended by some of the best jazz perfomers in NYC. All the best, Keith

              1. Great list. If you get a chance, see the traveling tribute to Janis Joplin. Her idols were Nina, Bessie, Aretha, etc. The back up singers in the Joplin troupe double as single solos of their songs.

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