Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "(Un)Truths"

This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Reality Is Illusion" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


It began with

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

and grew into a movement
that extends beyond fiction into fact.

Doublespeak is the matter-antimatter collision
of thought in which opposing ideas
react to obliterate logic.

It defines a world in which

Hate is love
Hope is despair
Reality is illusion

so that truths and untruths swirl
together and all things are subject to
interpretation, reinterpretation, subjugation.

It is a ship of fools ultimately destined
to runaground on one inescapable rock:

facts do not cease to be true just
because someone is refusing
to acknowledge their truth,

and reality is what remains
even if you disbelieve it.

* * *


The three italicized lines come from the novel 1984.  The term doublespeak also derives from there, via the word doublethink used in the novel.

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