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The theme for the November meeting of the EPIC Writers Group in Edmonds is “coping.” The form for November is the quatrain.


The fire hose of disinformation slams
into us. We are shocked and a little afraid.
Like the televised march of the Children’s Crusade
of Bull Conner’s obdurate Birmingham,

we are blasted by firemen who intend to hurt
and humiliate the helpless. The film crews
and TV cameras report the news.
The whole world is suddenly alert.

Joseph Stalin coined the word
disinformation—a deliberate lie
designed to deceive and sway naïve
people who trust what is said

by those in charge. But those in charge
today cannot earn our trust.
The fire hose of lies provokes disgust
and rage. Disinformation is living large.

The Children’s Crusade was counted out,
but the world knew right from wrong.
It is by our knowing that we are strong
and by our tenacity truth will out.

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Author Bio

Dave Baldwin recently retired as senior technical writer from the Walt Disney Company (Technology Division) after 40+ years as a technical writer and editor. In his career, he also worked for Boeing, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Amazon. He has been a naval officer, college teacher, real estate broker, and masters track and field athlete (high jump and middle-distance races).

Dave is the author of a book about the history of track and field. A poet for many years, he is the former national secretary for the Haiku Society of America. He is a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Snohomish, Washington, and lives in nearby Lake Stevens.

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