from the notebooks of diogenes

     Truth –
                     at times – on  occasion –
                is an unsightly toad –
         not what you’d call a box office beauty
           in fact, like as not, misshapen –
      [eminently crude
                 splotchy with warts that protrude]
        and so it goes down badly
                                 [ i.e., hard to swallow]
              while on the meeksqueak cottoncandyside,
   lie the lies ubiquitously lied…
               
                the which goes far towards explaining
           [I suppose]               why most folks
                           troup and wallow  
                                      in untruth’s flossified
               conventional goop –
                                    reassuring each other  
    that this week’s Emperor
                 is other than
                               stark-raving nude.

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