Virtual Media "Victories"
(after the sonnet style of Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin)

Caught up in their own mad fable
“Western” governments go broke,
watching “options on the table”
vanish in a cloud of smoke.
Narrative means story telling.
Whisper softly. Call it “yelling.”
Facts? Ignore them. They don’t count.
Lies much harder to surmount.
“Flexible” means downright flimsy.
They hit us. We say they missed.
Truth thus easily dismissed.
Make decisions based on whimsy.
Live on Narrative and spin.
Lose the fight but “take the win.”

Michael Murry, "The Misfortune Teller," Copyright © 2024