Monday, April 17, 2017

They Can Have Their Cake, and Eat it, Too

For the second half of National Poetry Month 2017, 
Malvina will Sing It, and I'll write a poem in response.

One of the strongest unifying topics in Malvina Reynolds' songs is politics and protest. The next few days will feature songs written in the 1960's and 1970's, but which are fresh and topical today.

Let Them Eat Cake was recorded live in concert, November 1972.

They Can Have Their Cake, and Eat it, Too

They sugar coat the truth for us,
fake the daily news,
make us look the other way.
What could they possibly lose?

They divert to keep the facts at bay,
disguise false validations,
sweeten fibs with taradiddles,
no need for vindication.

“What could we possibly lose?” they ask,
on the brink of a nuclear war.
They’re blind to even the simplest truths,
and deaf to our uproar.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2017


  1. Love the word "taradiddle" but am frightened by the conclusion, "blind to even the simplest truths."

  2. So close to today's concerns, too, Mary Lee. "blind to even the simplest truths" - well done!


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