Lying Is A Sin

Lying Is A Sin

A Poem by Zoe

That quiet little seven-year-old was sitting by herself,

Daydreaming about magical things; of fairies, unicorns and elves.

Busy wandering the meadows of her own fantasy-land,

What was the chaos around? She could not well understand.

Giving up on her fantasy, she stood up to look around,

And saw her classmates gathered, all staring at the ground.

She went up to them and scrutinized the centre of attraction,

Alas! Saw an injured bird, she’d better take some action!

Her mind in a state of commotion, she didn’t know what to do,

She saw a stone beside, that, maybe, at the bird someone threw.

Without giving another thought, she picked up the bloody stone,

The teacher watched from a distance, her presence was unknown.

Quick as a wink, the teacher approached the scene of crime,

Dragged the poor girl to the principal, without wasting any time.

“I didn’t harm the bird, sir!” said the thick-skinned.

The principal replied with a vacant expression, “Lying is a sin!”


That quiet little seven-year-old was walking home by herself,

Daydreaming about good things; of love, happiness and books in her shelf.

When all of a sudden her eyes fell upon a beautiful rose,

She ran towards it and sniffed it through her nose.

Seeing the flower’s half-withered leaves, her bold heart did melt,

Her bottle in her hand, to water the pretty bloom, she knelt.

She held the rose still, desisting it from swaying in the breeze,

And then, at the very moment, her hand someone squeezed.

Out of nowhere emerged the care-taker of the alluring flower,

Noticing her hands on the rose, at the girl he glowered.

“I am watering the flower, sir!” she said with a nervous grin,

Glaring at her in disgust, the gardener replied, “Lying is a sin!”


That quiet little seven-year-old stepped inside her quiet house,

Remembering all those nasty incidents, a forlorn feeling did rouse.

She wanted to hide, from this world, from the sick people around,

The thought of stepping outside her home made her heart pound.

She sat on her favourite couch, tears rolling down her cheeks,

The couch soon wet with tears; oh, can someone fix the leak?

To make the situation worse, came her mother clutching a jar,

A jar half-filled with cookies; mother wore an expression bizarre.

On seeing the jar, in a flashback she went to the night before,

Where she saw her brother secretly eating cookies, sitting on the floor.

Before her mother could erupt with anger, the little girl began:

“Oh mum, you know, it wasn’t me, but it was surely Stan!”

Mother just glared; girl confused- This argument did i win?

To clear the confusion, her mother shouted, “Lying is a sin!”


That quiet little seven-year-old was crying herself to sleep,

Fed up with all those people around; how can one be so cheap?

Wasn’t there even a little trust remaining? The girl did wonder,

No- was the clear retort, the poor girl was torn asunder.

Remembering the many times she’d been lied to, the little girl whined,

Was God playing a game with her, or was this a punishment for being kind?

Knowing she was already stuck in this world for no less than a life,

Only way to survive here was through lying, cheating, killing with a knife.

The little girl was completely broken, for that who were to blame?

Undoubtedly those fools around! That night a kind soul they claimed.

Tears still dripping down her face, she could feel the pain within,

Closed her eyes, questioning herself again and again, “Lying is a sin?"


© 2017 Zoe

Author's Note

Ever felt helpless? Like this quiet little seven-year-old? All of us have gone through a time when we had to beg for others' trust. When no one believed us...did that change you? But it certainly changed this poor girl. She knew, this world was full of liars, and lying was a trick that should be mastered to ensure a happy life these days, here on earth. It is always better to have faith in the people who are dear to you. You may win an argument by lying to others, lying to yourself, but at the same time, you are losing something, or maybe someone...someone who is precious to you. So, talking about the poem, this isn't exactly the way I wanted it to be. Nonetheless, I would really appreciate it if you could take out some time to review the poem. Hope you like it. And yeah, do not change yourself for the people who do not like to see you the way you already are. Happy reading!

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Wow! Having noticed that you are only 14, I am amazed not only by your talent for writing a story in rhyme but even more so by your deep understanding of life and how a kind soul can be tarnished by those who disbelieve them and lie to them as well. You are truly gifted to be able to such a stirring tale with a moral as well.

Posted 10 Months Ago

2 of 2 people found this review constructive.


10 Months Ago

Thank you again :)

8 Months Ago

I agree very talented

8 Months Ago

Thank you ^^


You are a genius.
I love your story-telling style.
Please don't be distracted by negative things in life. Focus, keep practicing to be the best; be patient in learning and applying your knowledge; keep reading on a diverse range of subjects to broaden your mind more and more.
If you are serious and dedicated, I can see you becoming a voice for millions of voiceless people. You have a universal appeal. At your age you already have such life insight; you only can grow.
Don't underestimate your talent, skill and ability.

You Write poetry the way I love it, so natural, simple and yet so effective. Your words are touching, and without trying to impress you stay true to the context, content and concept. Like myself, I sense, you write from a place of love and truth, from your heart and soul.
You talk about the deeper things of life in such accessible way.
I love the title used as a refrain at the end of each stanza; it feels inevitable to be reached as a conclusion.



Posted 4 Weeks Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


4 Weeks Ago

Why thank you! Means much :)
What a beautiful write! The rhyme scheme is so well! Sometimes, people who do the right things are the one we often mistake as criminals. I loved this so much

Posted 1 Month Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


1 Month Ago

Thank you so much, Sonakshi! Glad you liked it :)
I loved how well you have articulated the feeling which I know everyone around the world would resonate with. We have all been there in that situation and can actually vouch for the pain and confusion that the girl goes through. LOvely write

Posted 4 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


4 Months Ago

Thank you, Ashwin. Glad you liked it and were able to relate!
Very nicly written, I could relate to every word you said, so heart whelming.

Posted 6 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


6 Months Ago

Thank you so much!
Very impressive, seeing you are from India and only 14 I know how hard it is to write in a second language and American English is one of if not the hardest. You have a very good grasp of the language your wording choices show and a depth beyond your years. Well done, Standing Ovation! I give it five out of five Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap! Clap!

Posted 6 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


6 Months Ago

Thank you so very much for your kind words. I appreciate it :)

6 Months Ago

I was being truthful not kind, I truly was impressed and look forward to checking out more of your w.. read more

6 Months Ago

Thank you again. It means a lot ^-^
after reading this poem i will never say a lie very nice to see the symposium of a truth poet thanks for the share

Posted 7 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


7 Months Ago

Glad to know it helped change someone's mind for the better. Thank you for reading!
writ rajat

7 Months Ago

if you don't mind can i share it
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this is amazing! I love the way it repeats and it is so crazy that you're only a teenager, this is awesome. keep up the work!

Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


7 Months Ago

Hah, thank you so much for your kind review ;)
Such an amazing work this is...keep it up.

Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


8 Months Ago

thanks so much :)
When children are introduced to the harsh realities of life,which are in stark contrast to the idealism they are taught to beleive in ,the innocence in the child receives a fatal blow,and the child finds it difficult to reconcile the double standards existing in this world. You have brought out this ongoing conflict very beautifully. Kudos to you.Keep writing 😊😊😊

Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


8 Months Ago

Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it :)

8 Months Ago

Hmm, nice job. There are a few places I think you inserted extra words that interrupt the flow, however, For instance, "Wasn’t there even a little trust remaining?". Other than that, nicely done :)

Posted 8 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


8 Months Ago

Oh, yeah, I see. Thank you so much!

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