Monday, April 11, 2022

The Truth



is an obstinate drum

beating a steady bass line of facts
rattling a snare of reality

setting the tempo 
pacing the march

for change.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2022

Jane Hirshfield, in her poem "On the Fifth Day" writes about the attempt to silence the truth. Spoiler alert: the truth cannot be silenced.


  1. Years ago, now the student is grown with a baby, her father was furious at me for studying the effects of climate change, then with Al Gore's words. Yes, he was Republican, continued to say it was all lies. I hope these recent years have taught some that it's true. We lost a lot when T was president, saying things like windmills caused cancer. "rattling a snare of reality" feels needed but still so challenging. Thanks for continuing your own rattle!

  2. I love this!! The line breaks!! The musical references!