Do You Swear to Tell the Truth?

Do you swear to tell the truth

To curb the tenderness of Ruth

Cut it down like John Wilkes Booth

Extract it like a rotten tooth


And tell the truth that’s sort of whole

Exclude the parts that like a mole

Disrupt a prosecutor’s role

Expunge the messy heart and soul


To tell the truth and nothing but

Like a golf ball being putt

Quite rehearsed, of course corrupt

The corporate state’s good little mutt


Will you say so help me God

With Bible closed, a blunted rod

The prophets peas all in a pod

Stamped-out, crushed by trial’s trod


Copyright, David Gottfried, 1998


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