Poetry Corner: Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory

by Michael Novick Amilcar Cabral’s famous epiphany, Cabral directed with great sagacity At self-proclaimed fighters for liberty. Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory Is an evident people’s tautology. Even defeats are only achieved expensively, Their costly lessons extracted only with tenacity. Tell No Lies, Claim No Easy Victory! Imagine imposing Cabral’s dictum with temerity on purveyors of punishment and authors of slavery?! Tell no lies, no manifest white destiny! Claim no easy victory, from sea to shining sea. Clinton, tell no lies! No end to welfare [...]