When a politician
Says in a speech a thing
The people know he doesn’t mean,
Many call the lie a throwaway line
And let him be, for, so wise,
They have outgrown wrong and right.
When, just as heedless, men and women
Offer a prayer of thanks to God the King,
Whether long or short, thoughtful or hurried,
They too have not simply
Thrown away some empty
Lines, but all their being.