Thank you, Judy Woodruff


Finally the secret
(not much of a secret}
was revealed on the 11 PM news.
Five words, one sentence.
“The President is resisting intelligence.”
Words that stopped time.

Providing that “aha” moment
for listeners of spoken words,
referencing the annoying habit
of dismissing important info,
like a playbook for early responses
to high consequences,
emerging infectious disease threats
and biological incidents.

A perfect definition for denial,
a guide for chaos and distraction

Resisting intelligence,
the counter intuitive process
that silences the minds
and destroys souls,
a process the induces numbness
and reluctance to see hear truth.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.