They mold your mind before your youth,
before you can discern the truth,
and feed you thoughts throughout the day
to shape beliefs and what you say
so notions, motions - every word -
become the things they most preferred.

Now how to cleanse a brainwashed mind?
What soap exists which we might find
to purify the lies that skew
and disinfect the tainted view?

Let's bathe the brain in questions, then,
ask who, what, where, and why or when,
and wash away gray stains of doubt
and rinse all foul persuasions out
until your reason's free and clear
of prejudice, deceit, and fear.

Brainwashers © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: January 18, 2021