Monday, December 14, 2009

more poetry

Just something that fell out of my brain ..

Lies and Truth: The Life We Live

The words danced neatly,
Slipping through the ranks of soldiers
Polished gleaming white,
Giving no hint
To the faint scent
Of the rancid decay,
Gathered from the backside of the line

Lies are lined
Like a gently innocent picket fence
Surrounding the nearly perfectly manicured
Blades of deceit,
Trimmed exquisitely
To the predetermined length of societal acceptance

How long before the lies we tell
Become the life we live
Or the life we live
Becomes the lies we tell?

If then,
The lies become the life we live,
Are they still lies
Or simply the fa├žade
Of whom we wish to be?

Is this the mask we wear
Until the time we grow beneath
To mimic the features of what we wish to be?
Have we then become
That which we aspired to be
Or are we merely the skin of truth
Stuffed with proper lies?

Have the lies we tell others
Become the lies we tell ourselves?
Harsh truths
Become the revealing x-rays
Of our true selves.

We shudder
At the mention of it
We scurry away
From its presence
Like scared mice
At the sounds
Of its approaching footfalls

We peer at the truth
From our cloistered hiding spots,
Hoping it will wander away
Before noticing our smell

Too late
For too long
Have we lingered
We are captured
In truths unrelenting stare
We can feel its unwavering gaze
Stripping away the layers
Of our years
Of practiced deceit

It works without favor
No malice of heart
It carries no grudge
It is only what it is
The truth

When truth has finished
Its unconscious task
We stand revealed
In our stark nakedness
Stripped of our excuse
Devoid of our pretext
Alone in our own self

Then we can see
Then we can know
Who we are
And where we need to be
When we stand
Sans lies
Sans deceit
Sans excuse

From the humbled perch
Of undefiled truth
Can we begin to build
The building of who we are
Founded on the foundation
Of revelation
Of truth
Of what we are

We are
All of us
Cut from the cloth
For flawed humanity
Of this tapestry
We are all a part

In this
We all belong
We all fit
In the stark revealed truth
Humanity to humanity
Flaw to flaw
Truth to truth

It was only the lies
That separated us
That created the barriers
That forced the division
Until now

We are now joined
In lies and truth
In the life we live

Ron Simpson, Jr.
December 14, 2009

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