One of my readers, who is obviously a glutton for punishment, recently expressed disappointment that I haven’t posted more of my poems lately. At the risk of triggering that old axiom BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, I thank her for having inspired me to address the deficiency thusly:


As the twig is bent,
so grows the tree.
As the die is cast,
so shall it be.

If these be true,
why is it wise:
The Donald gets a pass
when he tells those lies?

Of course, I should also thank the President, without whose daily rants my inspiration for this poem would doubtless lie dormant. And now for a word from the truly wise about lies:

Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live”; it shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells about himself to himself. –George Bernard Shaw

I admire liars, but surely not liars so clumsy they cannot fool even themselves. –H. L. Mencken

Pretending that you believe a lie is also a lie. –Arthur Schnitzler

If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again. –Evan Esar

Not sure why the video is black. Maybe because the lies it laments aren’t white ones. But the sound is clear, and the voice shines through the darkness.





11 comments on “LIAR, LIAR, RANTS ON FIRE

  1. calmkate says:

    ah a poem a post will suit me fine thanks … great quotes! GBSs describes some I know … lets speak the truth! Altho I doubt your president would know it if it bit him on the nose 😦

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thank you, Kate, for being the one who “inspired me” to write the poem. I should also mention (for those who don’t know) that the title of the post is based on LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, a children’s taunt that goes back to the 1930s (some versions add NOSE AS LONG AS A TELEPHONE WIRE). There is also this song:

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  2. dunelight says:

    Goodnexx, look at Mrs. Howell boogie!

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  3. Tidbits says:

    The risk was worth it … nice poem ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Invisibly Me says:

    Interesting quotes, I particularly like the George Bernard Shaw one. And a nice shout out of thanks to Trump, he’s certainly a source of inspiration for many a rant! 🙂
    Caz x

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