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Poem: "Deception"

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Poem Summary

This one was written from some scribbles in my notes.

It is a poem about a man who tells so many lies it becomes second nature to him. His words blend together to make his own truth. The saying, "My way or the Highway" seems to be his motto. Will he even notice if her truth becomes a lie?

"My Way Or The Highway" by 5 Alarm

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Deception

It’s like second nature,

lies spoken from his lips

a natural part of his routine,

no longer can he decipher

fact from fiction.


No other option,

his truth is the only one that’s real,

nothing else matters.


“My Way or The Highway”,

or so the saying goes

can work both ways,

wonder if he’ll notice

when her truth becomes a lie.

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...Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.

— Jeanne Birdsall

"Don't Ask Me No Questions" by Lynryd Skynyrd

© 2020 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 25, 2021:

Misbah

You are right.

Lies are awful & can cause alot of hurt.

But some people have been lying so long that it's just second nature to them.

I honestly think they believe what ever comes out of their mouth.

Have a wonderful day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 25, 2021:

EK

That's a nice thought, but I don't see lying simply disappearing.

People tell what they call "white lies" all the time.

I hope you have a great day.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 25, 2021:

Wonderful poem with a beautiful message, Brenda. Lying is a bad habit. Lies need to be stopped the first time, otherwise, it becomes a habit. Thanks a lot for sharing. God Bless you

Peace and Love

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 24, 2021:

Beautiful poem, Brenda. Lying is a bad habit. We deceive ourselves by lying and nothing else. And if we all understand this, then maybe lies will disappear from the world.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 24, 2021:

The lie becomes like the truth

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 08, 2020:

Denise,

Thank you.

That's me too! My face would give me straight away.

Have a great day.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on November 08, 2020:

Great poem. I almost wish there was more. You said it very well. Lying is a terrible habit to get into. I'm glad I am terrible at it. Everyone knows if I'm trying to cover something up. It's all over my face. So I might as well tell the truth anyway.

Blessings,

Denise

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Alyssa,

Thank you.

Nice to see you reading my work.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Kalpana,

Thank you.

I think you are both right.

Thanks for stopping by.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Peggy,

Thank you for reading.

I do believe they eventually start believing the lies as truth.

Sad...but truthful.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Gypsy,

Thank you.

Glad to hear you enjoy them.

Take care.

Alyssa from Ohio on November 06, 2020:

I love this poem! I think this is something we all can relate to in one way or another. Plus, great songs!

Kalpana Iyer from India on November 06, 2020:

I second, Peggy. When you repeat a lie long enough, it becomes the truth. Indeed a deception like how you have clearly explained.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 06, 2020:

I think that some people repeat lies so often that they start believing them themselves. When others also believe those lies as being factual, the harm keeps spreading.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 06, 2020:

I love both you very expressive poetry and the video,

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Chitrangada,

You are right. So many of us just let lies slip on past for in the beginning they are tiny ones that are unimportant.

Maybe if we stopped the lie right in it's tracks it wouldn't get out of hand ....becoming a habit.

Thanks for a that honest truth.

Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Lorna,

Thank you.

I have seen this happen to people who blindly believe their lies do no harm. It usually backfires on them but by then they have told so many lies they do not remember the truth.

The best policy is to be honest...because deception hurts everyone.

Take care and enjoy today.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 06, 2020:

Liz,

Thank you.

Lies can hurt the best relationships.

It is sad and destructive.

Being an open book is better than hiding behind a wall.

No worries about the comments, this happens to all of us.

Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 06, 2020:

Well said and very true. The lies should be stopped, the very first time, otherwise it becomes a habit, and an addiction.

Thank you for sharing.

Lorna Lamon on November 06, 2020:

I often wonder if people who lie have the ability to spot a lie in others. Unfortunately your life can fall apart if it's built on lies and people becomes so entangled in their lies, they eventually see them as their truth. Deception is a difficult web to escape from and your poem is a reminder of how damaging this can be. A great write Brenda.

Liz Westwood from UK on November 05, 2020:

You capture the tangled web of deception well in this poem. I recently watched a film with a main character who lived a lie. It can be very destructive.

Sorry. I got behind on comments this week. When I went to comment on one of your poems, it had moved to Letterpile so I couldn't make a comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Sankhajit,

Thank you.

Enjoy your evening.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:

Chrish,

Thank you.

You are right...it could become disastrous.

Have a great night.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on November 05, 2020:

a very beautiful piece...

thanks for sharing

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on November 05, 2020:

That's a very miserable game to commit. It's like an addiction, it'll be very difficult to pull yourself once it become disastrous. I'm so into this poem Ms Brenda

Have an awesome night ;-)

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