“The Charge of the Lie Brigade” an Alt-Poem.

I continue with my “Alternative Poetry” series with “The Charge of the Lie Brigade,” with apologies to Lord Tennyson.

1.

Half a truth, half a truth,
An alternative truth onward,
All in the valley of Lies
Rode the Trump minions.
“Forward, the Lie Brigade!
“Blame the media!” he said:
Into the valley of lies
Rode the Trump minions.

2.

“Forward, the Lie Brigade!”
Was there a woman dismay’d?
Not tho’ the reporters knew
Someone had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and lie:
Into the valley of lies
Rode the Trump minions.

3.

Fact checks to right of them,
Fact checks to left of them,
Fact checks in front of them
Blustered and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with truth and fact,
Boldly they speak and tell,
Into the jaws of Fact,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the Trump minions.

4.

Spinning their alt-truth’s unfair,
Spinning as they spun in air,
Alt-truthing the reporters there,
Attacking media, while
The world wonder’d:
Why the lies and why the smoke
How much more before they broke;
CNN and NBC
Reel’d from the media stroke
Shatter’d at court decisions.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the Trump minions.

5.

Fact checks to right of them,
Fact checks to left of them,
Fact checks behind them
Blustered and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with truth and fact,
Then Spicer and Conway fell,
They that had lied so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Facts
Into the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of the Trump minions.

6.

When can their alt-facts fade?
O the wild change of facts they made!
Facts are facts and not opinions.
Condemn the lies they made,
Honor not the Lie Brigade,
The dishonest Trump minions.

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Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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