“Your cupboard is bare, Mother, and yours, too, Dame,” The Old Woman passed her teabag around the table.
The dog, the cat, and the children climbed up the shoe-house.
Old Mother Hubbard shouted. “What with the high price of kibble, I fear the dog will eat me.”
“Don’t even mention canned fish,” Dame Trot stirred her plain tea. “How do you manage with all those mouths to feed?”
The Old Woman opened her pantry for inspection. It was full of cereal, canned goods, and dry beans. “A charm for the cupboard and a curse on the Tory’s trickle down tricksters.”
Margie* told a little lie,
Fleeced those who did not know.
And everywhere that Margie went,
The lie was sure to go.
*Marjorie Taylor Greene
It followed her to Washington.
It spread and spread and spread.
The hospitals filled with Covid deaths
In states the color red.
Sean Hannity said, “Get a vax.”
And so did Valentine*.
But Margie wouldn't know the truth
If it bit her from behind.
*Phil Valentine, conservative talk show host
I hope this rhyme does not offend,
It is not meant to do.
It's only that we can't pretend
Fake facts will get us through.
And why, you say, a send up
Of Mary's Little Lamb.
False claims did plague its author, though
She'd published her iamb.
Eighteen thirty was the date
On Mrs. Hale's book.
'Twas nineteen twenty-eight, about, when
Old Ford* had a look.
*Henry Ford, famous for cars and conspiracy theories
He wrote that Hale plagiarized
The poem she’d published first.
The lie went out across the land.
This fib was not Ford’s worst.
His may have rivaled Margie's lies,
Though, that I do not know.
But at the time, he did his part
Mean chaos here* to sow.
*Via his newspaper, Dearborn Independent
Nineteen twenty-seven saw
Him hateful towards the Jews.
The case, it went before the court.
The judge decried his views.
Ford used slave labor overseas
To build in German towns.
Despite his past apologies,
The liar doubled down.
So now we come to Margie's “facts,”
The same The Donald told.
Like Henry Ford they watch folks die,
While piling up the gold.
**Next week will be a drabble.