Poet Comeau Reflects on Repercussions of ‘Fooling With Truth’

In his discussion of truth, Aristotle said, “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.”

Editor’s note: Dr. Raymond F. Comeau tackles a timely topic with his poem, “Fooling With Truth.”

A Haverhill native, and now of Belmont, Comeau is a retired dean and current lecturer at Harvard University Extension School. He is also a trustee, emeritus, of the John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace in Haverhill.

Fooling With Truth

It’s intriguing but sad
How we think ourselves happy
Or happy enough
When we may be in an undertow

That has us barreling out to sea
The price for courting lies
And ditching truth
(Anathema in every book)

It’s our freedom bristle some
Slapping Jefferson along the way
Maybe we’ll change like a comet
That runs its course

Or by a fall (I hope not)
Or by a few in sturdy life rafts
Courageous in turbulent
Waters to lead us home

© Raymond Comeau February 2022

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