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by Nevada Kerr

Mock the successor, replace the buffoon
Torment the captives, promote the lampoon
The dogmatist rises, absurdity looms
Empty talk passes for knowledge and truth

Crush the dissenter before his last laugh
Blot out the future, abolish the past
A clerical error, a misprint, a lapse
The first false impression, indelibly fast

The allies pull out, the new converts crash
A succession of scapegoats, the national task
Duty and conscience tied to a rack
Stretched beyond meaning to the brink of collapse

Chapter and verse composed to deceive
A shorthand for blind faith with no radar screen
Fact now a hound barking up the wrong tree
Reason and thought lost in conceit

Written by © Nevada Kerr
May 2, 2004.

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