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 		 [ A version of the boy who cried wolf, here now are the
consequences of government lies.] [https://portside.org/] 

 PORTSIDE CULTURE 

 THE UNRELIABLE NARRATOR  
[https://portside.org/2020-03-20/unreliable-narrator] 

 

 Peter Neil Carroll 
 March 20, 2020

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 _ A version of the boy who cried wolf, here now are the consequences
of government lies. _ 

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The Unreliable Narrator 

By Peter Neil Carroll

Distant rumors of fear, a crime 

attributed to the stony-faced leader  

denying the doctor’s warning, 

even after the doctor died. 

Numbers leak through 

subterranean pipelines, hearsay, 

paranoids issuing warnings 

the sober, the sane, the faraway 

choose to overlook. 

Suddenly, cancel everything, 

even the funeral of one who died 

of _natural causes_. Save your 

words for another epitaph. Tell 

your children not to worry 

but take care. 

Make spaghetti, a meal for two 

leftovers, saving an errand 

to the shops, and I think again 

of the blizzard, New York 2016 

when in the middle of great silence 

my friend called out 

_We are safe_ and I could believe him. 

Peter Neil Carroll’s newest collection of poetry is titled
_Something is Bound to Break_ (Main Street Rag Press, 2019). 

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