Battle of Wits

Cerebral darkness sparked by light:

a rebel thought born late tonight
gains much momentum by the hour
with influence and subtle power
to energize ideas to rise
and memories to mobilize
against a question past the mind
where fears and fictions have combined
to challenge notions in control
and overtake the heart and soul
of everything once held as true
while contradictions push on through.

As facts assemble, views deduce.
One sentiment suggests a truce,
yet misperceptions join the fray
and vague persuasions charge the way.

Now feelings join the battle fast,
will logic win?  Can reason last?

Battle of Wits © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: July 20, 2021