Joesph Farley

Checking the Facts

The truth is composed
Of ninety percent lies.
Check the facts often
Because they frequently change.

Don’t trust in books,
Or looks, or films
Or speeches.

Classroom lectures
Are mostly theater.

You need to do
The hard work
Of doubting,

Double checking
And triple checking,
Asking again.

Don’t take it on faith
Even if faith 
Is all you have.

Believe in your unbelief.
Trust in your misgivings. 

Construct a new city
Made from all you “know”,
A place worthy of Potemkin,

Shown on all the maps,
But nowhere
to be found.

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