Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Lies -- A Performance Piece for Poet and Chorus

by Roy Beckemeyer

Lies, lies, lies,
No vestige of truth
Betrayals of age,
Inconstancy of youth

                We live in a time of artifice over real
                The painted-on faces who cheat, lie, and steal

False news, false news
The bald-faced lies
Hints of derision
Fake tears, sham sighs

                This factitious, fatuous, illusory world
                Genuine given over, the faux news unfurled

Lies, lies, lies,
No vestige of truth
They’re actors on stage,
Sly of eye, long of tooth

                Talking heads, politicians, experts of disguise
                In this age of the global dominion of lies.


“Lies” first appeared in Mouth Brimming Over, Blue Cedar Press, 2019

Note on rhetorical style for “Lies”: Verses to be read like hard rock/heavy metal; choruses in style reminiscent of baroque string accompaniment.

Roy Beckemeyer’s latest poetry collection is Mouth Brimming Over (Blue Cedar Press, 2019). Stage Whispers (Meadowlark Books, 2018) won the 2019 Nelson Poetry Book Award.  Amanuensis Angel (Spartan Press, 2018) comprised ekphrastic poems inspired by depictions of angels in works of modern art. Music I Once Could Dance To (Coal City Press, 2014) was a 2015 Kansas Notable Book. Beckemeyer lives in Wichita, Kansas, and is a retired engineer and scientific journal editor. His work has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net awards and was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019.