Six Sentence Stories is a weekly writers’ challenge hosted by Denise at Girlie on the Edge blog.
This week’s cue word is: Pawn
Judgement and the Narcissist
Let the bodies pile high in their thousands; whether he said this or not, the fact remains it happened.
Narcissist, butcher with blood on the soles of his feet, gore dripping down his apron in raining sheets from a sky thunderous with herd immunity, a false idol weaving untruths at his flag-shadowed lectern, the striking-off of pawns at the lower ends of his wicked spectrum.
Papering over the cracks in his ivory tower, greasing the palms of his cronies in power, contracts massaged, deals lubricated, promises Hoovered up and all transparency swept under the rug, dreaming up slogans to stir the blood.
Prosper Mightily Austerity and Sovereignty – a slogan for cruelty in a modern-day economy shovelling favours into furnace-hot pockets of friends and donors and predators on the periphery, fuck business fuck families fuck child poverty – narcissist hang your head in shame along with the rest of your foul company and propensity (it would seem) to wish for bodies to pile high in their thousands, to let it rip.
Let it rip, while the fires start up again in Belfast, and milk and fish perish at the docks – so long as the deportees pass over and no immigrants cross this septic-isle of criminals and racists and liars; this giant fatberg-land of oozing sleaze clogging up the arteries of a pustuled Britannia.
Ah, I could weep with pity for the fools who voted for all this (if you believe a single word I say, that is, and that which I deny), and please… do buy my upcoming memoirs in which I aim to present myself as being charitable to the ordinary person, yet never naïve to the condition of human nature, as Orwell said: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” – and this I judge, as Judgement, to be correct.
Editor’s note: Truth and lies and false quotes.
In searching for a George Orwell quote to accompany the poem Judgement and the Narcissist I came across a pair which were almost too good to be true (no pun intended). However, when I fact-checked both quotes I found them to be misattributed to Orwell. One of the false quotes has been doing the rounds on social media lately and has duped a good many people. Glad I checked it now. My third choice Orwell quote is true, and one which many will know. A short quote, and in all its simplicity and the years we have had to become cosy with it, it still retains its truth and power; and damningly, it is a reminder that nothing much has changed.
Did Orwell say:
“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims… but accomplices.”
FALSE – Fact check: Reuters
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
TRUE – read Animal Farm
Poem and Orwell Animals art composition by The Atomic Mage, 28 April 2021.
Animal Farm 1991 Longman edition cover art by Richard Parent. Graphic by The Atomic Mage.
Edit 29/04/21: corrected ‘fat-burger’ to ‘fatberg’ in stanza 5.