Fact Check | Bob Shepherd


The fact that you even have to say
that Black Lives Matter
and the fact that you do–you do have to say it.


The fact that Donald Trump


The fact that if you tell people
it’s about their freedom,
it’s about their jobs,
it’s about home, sweet home


The fact that Jesus on a plate
holding an AR-15 at the fireworks concession


The fact that I’m so good at facing facts
they should name a recovery center after me
or one of Bill Barr’s firing squads


The fact that the Mystic Massacre


The fact that men in three-cornered hats told other men
that it was about THEIR freedom,
that it was about THEIR equality,
when it was really about (their, shh) not paying (their, shh) taxes


The fact that same as the old boss


The fact that the Fort Pillow Massacre


The fact that you could go on all day like that


The fact that you learned the facts of life
but don’t even want to know the facts of death


The fact that if you are brown in America
someone else’s de jure
is your de facto


And the fact that that’s a fact


The fact that if you’re poor,
fact finding is easy because
there’s always a fact of the day
and if you’re not,
then you are an accessory
before, during, and after the fact


The fact that all markets look pretty free
if you’re rich and spending some poor person’s labor

The fact that everybody wants their Mama
and no one wants to admit that
is two facts

The fact that 27,375 days


The fact that Jimmy Carter said
he had sinned against Rosalynn in his mind,
which was so JC of him,
I wanted to kiss him on the peanut.

Copyright 2020, Robert D. Shepherd. All rights reserved. This poem may be freely distributed as long as it is distributed in its entirety and this notice is retained.

For more poetry by Bob Shepherd and more about reading and writing poems, go here: https://bobshepherdonline.wordpress.com/category/poetry/

About Bob Shepherd

interests: curriculum design, educational technology, learning, linguistics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, philosophy (Continental philosophy, Existentialism, metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, epistemology, ethics), classical and jazz guitar, poetry, the short story, archaeology and cultural anthropology, history of religion, prehistory, veganism, sustainability, Anglo-Saxon literature and language, systems for emergent quality control, heuristics for innovation
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