Truths be told

“The truth shall set you free.” John 8:32

A Truth may flourish if it’s nourished well
to free your mind but if a truth that’s taught
may turn to arms, to songs and sacred spells.
it can kindle blaze in crowds, bespot
the despots, untell the lies of tyrants
invoke the bully’s wish to quell dissent
with force of death and disappearance
into labour camp and savage torment.
A Truth may set you free unless the vice
of autocrats, who drown your voice in pain
can ripple through the muscle, veins and ice
of tyranny and forever clean the stains
from fabrics weaved of lies and cruelty
A Truth thus treasured turns trash to beauty

Freedom is the power to choose our own chains. Jean-Jaques Rosseau

Today Lillian hosts dVerse poetics and she has given us a number of proverbs and adages to inspire a poem.

Many hands make light work.” Adagia
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
“Fish and visitors stink after three days.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
“To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.” Poor Richard’s Almanack
“Things are not always what they seem.” Bee-Keeper and the Bees” from Aesop’s Fables
“The truth shall set you free.” John 8:32
“To everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” Forrest Gump, the movie.

22-2-22

18 responses to “Truths be told

  1. Powerful use of the line! Most especially, to me, these lines:
    “A Truth may set you free unless the vice
    of autocrats, who drown your voice in pain
    can ripple through the muscle, veins and ice
    of tyranny and forever clean the stains
    from fabrics weaved of lies and cruelty”

  2. This is exquisitely drawn, Bjorn! I especially resonate with; “A Truth may set you free unless the vice of autocrats, who drown your voice in pain
    can ripple through the muscle, veins.” 💝💝

  3. Very well rendered. You. Rob, and I all picked the the same line; great minds… This fragile duplicity, two versions of truth, complicate the hell out of politics, religion, and the Law. Trump needs to be keel-hauled.

  4. invoke the bully’s wish to quell dissent
    with force of death and disappearance
    into labour camp and savage torment.

    It sends a chill down the spine mainly because it is still happening in this day and time. A real pity robbery of a a people’s freedom to choose and to own can be perpetuated on a national scale. And that’s the truth today!

    Hank

  5. A Truth may set you free unless the vice
    of autocrats, who drown your voice in pain

    you built upon that line and created more wisdom and substance in this piece, Bjorn.

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