In Other Words — Upside Down and Backwards

EAFE9919-CEF8-4687-8586-85899927811EEverything is upside down and backwards.

Lies are truth, facts are fake, and down is up.

Wrong is right, guilty is innocent, and bad is good.

Friends are enemies and enemies are friends.

Reality is surreal; topsy-turvy.


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “topsy-turvy.” Photo credit: Garak01 from Pixabay.

They Elected Him Nonetheless

180e264a-67cb-45b1-ac67-c763c90da5b5.jpegUnlike the other graduates from the college —  the one to which his father made a sizable gift so that his son could get admitted — he defied tradition and moved the tassel on his mortarboard from the left side to the right upon receiving his diploma.

That should have been a foreshadowing of things to come five decades later when that same boy, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, would become the leader of the free world.

Could anyone have predicted his unprecedented behavior in office, where he would besmirch our country’s allies and embrace our country’s enemies?

Could anyone have foretold that he would focus his efforts on dividing, rather than uniting, the people he was elected to serve?

Could anyone have envisioned the blot upon human decency he would demonstrate or the stain he would put on the fabric of our great nation?

Yes, they could have. Yes, they should have. But they elected him nonetheless.


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tassel), Your Daily Word Prompt (besmirch), Word of the Day Challenge (focus), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (blot).

One-Liner Wednesday — Truthiness

“May you only hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself.”

President Donald J. Trump

Okay, I lied. As much as that sounds like something Donald Trump would say, he didn’t say it. The quote came from Jordan Klepper, comedian and host of The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, a show on Comedy Central, which, sadly, was just canceled.39BC413A-F482-495E-B48B-8703064A11C8But doesn’t wanting to hear only what he already believes sound like Trump’s modus operandi? He labels anything he doesn’t like as “fake news” and calls those journalists who don’t write positive things about him “enemies of the American people.”

Unfortunately, only wanting to hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself is not unique to Donald Trump and Jordan Klepper. And it doesn’t make much of a difference if you’re on the left or the right. We are such a divided nation right now that most of us tend to read, watch, or listen to whatever it is that reinforces our own partisan positions.

I refuse to watch Fox News. I only rarely watch CNN. I get most of my news from MSNBC. Why? Because they tell me what I am more receptive to hearing and more likely to accept.

About a dozen or so years ago, Stephen Colbert coined the word “truthiness.” Truthiness is the quality of seeming to be true based upon one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic or factual evidence. It’s when someone feels, believes, or wishes that something is true even when it is not supported by the facts.

Truthiness is very similar to a concept espoused by comedian Bill Maher when he says, “I don’t know it for a fact…I just know it’s true.”

So fess up, people. How many of you really only want to hear from others what you’ve already been telling yourself?

Come on. It’s America’s birthday. Stand and be counted!


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.