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Tenterhooks and Lies

Audrey is a poet, classical singer and voice teacher, recovering attorney and licensed psychotherapist.

by: anncam

by: anncam


My #7 for National Poetry Month


i find that lies are a bit like tuna fish

good only for a little bit of time

before they stink

on a hot afternoon


she told them often

lining hair's vibrato

with their residue

forcing others to eat them

without notice


until left alone

her nose could no longer discern

one from the other.

© 2017 Audrey Howitt

Comments

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2017:

You always pack such meaning into your short poems Audrey. Love how your mind works! Comparing the telling of lies to old smelly tuna fish is brilliant. Both are unpleasant realities.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 08, 2017:

Hello Audrey - There are flashes of genius in your work.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 07, 2017:

OK Audrey! I'm loving this one. (Actually I love all your poetry.) Clever and timely.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on April 07, 2017:

I had to plug my nose while reading. That's a compliment in this case. Great write.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 07, 2017:

Love it!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 07, 2017:

My mama always told me, " Tell a lie and it will come back and bite you in the ass. " I am prone to believe that's the stinking truth...Ha..Good one!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2017:

Nicely expressed and it shows how our thinking and imagination is influenced by what's happening around.

Great work!

manatita44 from london on April 07, 2017:

Another masterpiece. You're on a role!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 07, 2017:

I LOVE this. I can almost smell the stink. And yes, it can be construed as political if that's your mindset. But lies are so common that it's also a comment on everyday living.