Pace tua Wm. Shakespeare

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To see, or not to see, that is the question,
Whether ’tis wiser to look it full in the face, or, to turn that blind eye, which is the kiss of ineptitude, and by ignoring, forget.

To flee, or not to flee: that is the question,
Whether’ tis safer to meet with danger face to face, or, to turn and run, and by escaping, live to flee another day.

PC or non-PC, that is the question,
Whether ’tis better in the end to put up with the hawks and sparrows of mind distortion, or to take umbrage against such hubble-bubble, and by exposing suspend them.

Luck-ee or not Luck-ee, that is the question,
Whether ’tis wiser to place the bet, or by repenting, opt out and live to keep your cash to spend on wiser fare.

Wack-ee or not wack-ee, that is the question,
Whether ’tis better to play the fool, or by less joshing, slay them with your wit and repartee alone.


Poetr-ee or not poetr-ee, that is the question,
Whether tis better to rhyme and versify, or by pretence and artifice, produce the direst doggerel.

Alternative Facts for the Post-Truth World

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Four HAIKU on the OED’s Word of the Year 2016.

After much discussion, debate, and research, the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year 2016 was  post-truth’ – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

 

Alternative Facts for the Post-truth World

 

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Alternative facts
Unsustainable statements
Give the lie to life

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Spin and false witness
Add untruths to our poor world’s
Deep festering sores

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Fake news and falsehoods
Are a circumlocution
For scam the public

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Give words new meanings
Con the public yet again
Propaganda lives

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Some of my readers will perhaps remember that, prior to this collection of my haikus, I composed and published in an earlier July 2017 blog, three Haiku on the subject of ‘False News’.  The link to these is given below . . .

False News – Three Haiku Posted on July 4, 2017

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False News – Three Haiku

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Three Haiku on the subject of False News


 

Speak to me the truth

Fake News is wholly evil

It hurts both our souls.


 “Post-truth” gives the lie

To honesty and fair play

Spurring false witness


Exaggeration

Heralds uttering falsehoods

Hold fast to the truth.


 

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