Friday, May 3, 2013

Poets and Other Liars

Poets and Other Liars

She told me that she wanted love
stricken from the poetic lexicon.
It is often a lie after all
but then again poets are liars.
Dreamers that distill language
down to its purest form
in a vain effort to sip 90 proof
metaphors of truth and passion.

I used to write love notes
on the fogged mirror of her bathroom
on my way out in the morning.
She would sing full throat in the shower,
sweet songs of joy and hope
that stuck in my head
as I walked out the door.
I suppose she stopped singing
when she finally realized I was gone.

She asked if any of it was true
and I looked past her
and nodded platitudes.
One more lie couldn’t hurt.
“I’m sorry I hurt you” fell
to the floor next to her tears
as I composed a new poem in my head.



Marquis-de-Joker said...

"Some of the most successful relationships are based on lies and deceit. Since that's where they usually end up anyway, it's a logical place to start." Lord of War - awfully decent

Ricky A. Pursley said...

This is terrific. I would not change a word. Nor any punctuation. ;-)

Brian Miller said...

ha. what liars we make...and even int eh face of tragedy, all the more reason to write a

emmett wheatfall said...

"It is often a lie after all
but then again poets are liars."

Man, this is a hot set of lines. They just leaped off the page. Empowers this piece boldly SMG.

Gretchen Leary said...

Very powerful message in this. I could taste the bitterness just reading it. Nicely done.

vivid dreamer said...

I love the emotion brought forth in this piece, Gretchen Leary says it perfectly " taste the bitterness". another great one SMG:)