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What Einstein Said (a villanelle)

We’re still not sure what Einstein said    
despite he’s quoted quite a lot  
and we can’t ask him since he’s dead  
    
he never gave a talk on TED,    
his you-tube clips are doctored rot    
so how to know what Einstein said?    
   
and what went on inside his head    
is relative — (or was it not?)    
… we can’t ask him since he’s dead    
   
iconic hair with lots of cred    
a mystic too, so what’s the plot?    
we’re still not sure what Einstein said    
   
his “E is M.C squared” has led    
to atom bombs and God knows what …    
but we can’t ask him since he’s dead    
   
the kosher truth has upped and fled    
his legacy has gone to pot —    
don’t ask me what Einstein said    
I never met the man — he’s dead!
Josh
Written by Josh (Joshua Bond)
Published | Edited 11th Apr 2021
Author's Note
Comp entry for 'Villanelle Hell', hosted by Ljdynamic.
Drawings by Veronika Bond [https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/poets/VeronikaB/]
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