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 Putin and Trump

The fact that if you tell people
it’s about their freedom,
it’s about their jobs,
it’s about those Socialists
wanting to steal your hamburgers

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

The fact that Alex Jones

The fact that I’m so good at facing facts
they should name a recovery center after me
or a firing squad in Arkansas or North Korea

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 it doesn’t have to be same as the old boss

The fact that the Mystic Massacre

The fact that the Fort Pillow Massacre

The fact that age-defying cream

The fact that skin-lightening cream

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 could have kissed 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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