Scoundrel Time

Two Poems By Virginia Beards

Song for the Camo Girls and Boys

“You know in Africa no woman ever misses her lion and no white man ever bolts.”

-The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber, Ernest Hemingway

 

They grin from ear to ear
In camo artfully splotched
For grinning from ear to ear
Above a twisted corpse.

Goldilocks in post-slaughter bliss,
lolls beside a crumpled giraffe.
Camo triumphant, oh glorious day,
She grins from ear to ear.

A hunt camp litany of ask-receive—
Elephant, rhino, wildebeest, lion,
Impala, warthog, kudu and buff.
Walk upwind, spot ‘n’ stalk,
Sting him good, check him off.
Sleep with a smile from ear to ear.

Pleased as punch, the khaki boys
Replay the Springfield’s blam and whunk,
Rifles propped for the photo op,
Above a grey belly and twisted trunk.
The trophy head and bragging rights
Shore-up their gleeful mantra—

Shoot for the bone, send it home…
And grin from ear to ear.

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Post-truth Discourse

2016 entry, Oxford English Dictionary: objective facts less influential in sharing public opinion

 than appeals to emotion

 

“It’s-huge-it’s-gonna-be-great,”
no one asks about the “it.”
So the huge-it’s-gonna-be-great
gets dragged through the gate,
the Greeks pour out and flash goes Troy.
Hags in the woods screech
“It’s-huge-it’s-gonna-be-great,”
promise, cajole, beseech.
Baptized by bombast and blood lust,
the Thane of Cawdor converts
and summarily snuffs out a dynasty.

That “it” joined at the hip
with the vaguest of verbs
spumes and spews false claims,
lethal adjectives, and siren calls.
The “huge-it’s-gonna-be-great” con triumphs
in the Post-truth swamp, and the O.E.D.

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