If I Told You the Truth

If I Told You the Truth

A Poem by ReedWrite
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Reflections

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If I told you the truth,

            Would you twist every word,

Quantifying and qualifying,

 Until the meaning blurred?

 

If I told you the truth,

            Could you deign to understand?

Our paradigms sway and fall,
            When built on shifting sand.

 

                        It’s a convoluted maze,

                                    Where the heart runs to hide.

Walled ‘round with thorns,

                                           To protect your fragile pride.


    Bring on those pretty lies,

                                    Smile and nod your head.

                                        Believing in the fairy tales,

                                           That cavort through your head.

 

If I told you the truth,

           Would it set demons free,

To question the righteousness,

            Of mindless mob mentality?

 

If I told you the truth,

            Could it rout faux-facts?

Despite entrenched indoctrination,

            Shams invariably collapse.

 

                                It’s a convoluted maze,

                                    Where the soul runs to hide.

Walled ‘round with duplicity,

                                           To deceive and divide.


       Cling to the misguided rhetoric,

                                    Secure in your house of glass.

                                       The end justifies the means?

                                          So much self-righteous anger…so little class.


© 2017 ReedWrite



Author's Note

ReedWrite
Just my thoughts...no expectations, qualifications, or justifications. :)

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'Oh what a deadly web we weave when first we practice to deceive...' - Sir Walter Scott.
People are getting wise to the 'truth' which is why fake-news was invented - to muddy the waters some.
I could hear this in the voice of the Queen from Disney's Snow White!
Good to see you again RW.

Posted 3 Months Ago


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ReedWrite

3 Months Ago

Heya, Tony! Good to see you again, too!
Very true...most politicians believe the plebeian ma.. read more
Tony Jordan

3 Months Ago

They all study Goebbels! The bigger the lie and all that...and it proves to work most times (Kennedy.. read more



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It reminds me of Putin's Manifesto as he scribbles his words on the Tree of Life.

Regards,
Al

Posted 1 Month Ago


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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

We all scribble our words on the tree of life...in one way or another. :)
Politician- Liar. Economical with the truth.
Just tell the public what they want to hear.
Everything is rosy in the garden.
Though not necessarily that garden.
Vote at your own peril.

Posted 1 Month Ago


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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

LOL...yup...pretty much. :)
I haven't read your pieces in so long and I apologize for that! I have truly missed reading your poems.
This poem is perfection! So many questions and deep thoughts spilled out. Amazing :)

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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

Thank you Giulia...I am glad you enjoyed it!
well done says i...only the most self ignorant are unaware ..its the dividing that is enemy ...and all are guilty of attempting it ... i love your poem...the social commentary is classy and truth telling :) especially appreciate your two verse starting with:
" It’s a convoluted maze,"
there is meat in your poem .. timely... well said says i!
E.

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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

Thank you, E...appreciate your kind words.
Big hug.
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Gee
Best speak your mind then deal with the repercussions, if any. True friends take it in their stride, the fair weather fuckers high tail it and try to muddy your name to all and sundry.
Me, just sit back and watch slightly amused as it all goes on around me.
Hope you are well


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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

In today's world...one can no longer speak their mind, share an opinion, or stand up for their belie.. read more
I like it form it make poem more sharper. Truth can make things and human more cruel and brutal. All depending how we say and pass it on. I like your clear style .

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ReedWrite

1 Month Ago

Thank you...I appreciate the review
Wow. I love this poem. I don't usually write reviews without doing constructive criticism but I fail to see anything I'd change. The rhythm of the lines, the conceit, the arbitrary language, are great. But perhaps the thing that I most enjoyed was the presentation. It compliments all of those aforementioned things, guiding the reader along at a perfect pace and rhythm.

Sorry that I am so focused on form but this is just one of those times when I truly enjoyed watching an author dance with her pen.

Thanks for sharing Reed!

Posted 2 Months Ago


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ReedWrite

2 Months Ago

Thank you, HandsomeKenn...I appreciate that you took time to read and review...and I'm glad you enjo.. read more
Brilliantly put! The wobbly format is also effective. It emphasises the dangers of telling the truth, and setting those demons free!, As for the misguided rhetoric, glass houses, and righteous anger, as you say, let them cling to it ... as long as they don't bother me! I enjoyed this poem.

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ReedWrite

2 Months Ago

Thank you, Great Aunt Astri...I appreciate your read and review.
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BBP
Really enjoyed this. Questions that everyone wonders and are usually too scared to face.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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ReedWrite

2 Months Ago

Thank you for the kind words, BBP.
Hi there I've been away for a while an d the first thing I chose to read was this. I'm so very glad I did.
Could you imagine what the world would be like if we were all truly as gullible as the politicians believe us to be. I'm so anxious to see the results of the coming elections in November.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

ReedWrite

2 Months Ago

Glad you enjoyed it, Dave.
Thanks for the read.

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