How they shall be known

“All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
~ Matthew 4: 8

Beware the beasts that you can’t tell
from white-haired reptiles walking on two feet.
Beware the knell forced from the bell.

They took up rooms in all our hotels
then built casinos along main street.
Beware the beasts that you can’t tell

from clowns riding on the carousel.
Their kind make cake out of concrete.
Beware the knell forced from the bell.

Their kind embroider falsehoods, upsell
the numbers in attendance on their elite.
Beware the beasts that you can’t tell

from other dank and festering smells.
They manufacture fictions in place of facts.
Beware the knell forced from the bell

for we must guard the hope that sometimes flags
and falters: these are dark times we’ll need to beat.
Beware the beasts that you can’t tell.
Beware the knell forced from the bell.

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