. Born in a Wuhan Lab Newsflash: U.S. Energy Department says it was probably a lab leak. Those men in suits and labcoats thought it worth The lives of millions from their ivory tower To falsify the truth about my birth Lest China lose its influence and power. The masks, the quarantines, each useless jab Was thrust on you by Beijing’s politicians, For I was born inside a Wuhan lab And then escaped from negligent physicians. Or was this some dark plot? It’s academic. From California to the Pyrenees, My minions fleece the globe through my pandemic And ruin lives through countless tyrannies. That censorship was for so long effective Is not because good people were confused. They simply seized the chance to spread invective And let authority become abused. I think of elders forced to die alone And children barred from friendships, left unschooled. A virus with a smiling heart of stone I’m tickled at how quickly men were fooled. If you said “Wuhan,” they said “Go to hell You right wing racist!" Now it’s on the table: The Chinese-Leftist lie I tried to sell Has finally been exposed as a mere fable. . . Brian Yapko is a lawyer who also writes poetry. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.