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Poem: The Truth Will Set You Free

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

"The Truth Will Set You Free" by Bobby "blue" Band

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Hiding behind a web of lies
can only hurt you,
they say the truth
will set you free…
so now you will begin to feel better.

Be kind to yourself
by confessing the whole story,
without omitting the substance
which drove you wild.

The partial truth cannot
throw off the shackles
to make your pain fully disappear.

No matter how difficult it seems
to speak the words,
let yourself understand
you need to be completely honest.

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"The Truth Will Set You Free" by James Hand

© 2019 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

Nikki Khan from London on October 01, 2019:

I also believe in truth only Brenda, but was thinking on the opposite side as well :)

My pleasure dear!

Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on October 01, 2019:

Nikki,

I do see your point, but in this case the person is only trying to let himself know the truth.

But if it involved injury of a life, then maybe I would think twice...even though I do believe honesty is the best policy.

Thank you for reading.

Nikki Khan from London on October 01, 2019:

I like it Brenda to say only the truth. But in some situations, truth is more poisonous than a lie, better to stay quiet in such moments. If a lie saves someone’s life then being liar is the best.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 30, 2019:

Thank you, Mark.

I appreciate you taking your time to read my work.

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on September 29, 2019:

A poem that absolutely rings true, Brenda. People have a hard time believing that honesty is the best policy.

Val Karas from Canada on September 27, 2019:

Brenda -- I respect your flexible spirit. MANY others would go defensive.

Have a wonderful day, and don't worry about your brain -- it's something you can be proud of.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 27, 2019:

ValKaras,

Thank you, you are absolutely right.

I guess my brain was a bit scattered, but it is about someone deceiving themselves.

I love your friendly banter...have a wonderful day.

P.S. I will work on that brain of mine. Lol

Val Karas from Canada on September 26, 2019:

Brenda -- You say "it may be good that your poetry can be read in different ways".

But it may not be good that my comments are "read in different ways". At my last comment I was hoping you would realize that I was only joking by apologizing. I mean, I DID read your poem correctly, but you misinterpreted my comment. Read your poem again, you DID suggest to that person to stop lying to THEMSELVES, not to others -- just like I said. You DID NOT talk about lying to "others". You were talking about "truth setting them free" -- and that's a regular saying to someone who is deceiving THEMSELVES. When someone lies to us, we say "stop lying to me".

But, anyway, all this is being said in a friendly spirit. Friends sometimes tease friends, and that's all.

You have yourself a nice evening as well -- my friend.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 26, 2019:

ValKaras,

No problem.

Hey, I think it is good that my poetry can be read in different ways.

Enjoy your evening.

Val Karas from Canada on September 26, 2019:

Brenda -- The way I understood your poem, it was about "lying to ourselves", not about lying to others. I understood, now I see -- wrongly -- that you were saying to that "somebody" to stop lying to themselves and face the truth.

Of course, lying to others is what, by definition, is bad and immoral. So, sorry I misinterpreted your poem. I promise to read your poems more carefully in the future.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on September 26, 2019:

ValKaras,

I agree we don't want to be free from being happy.

It seems as if your formula would make it so no one is lying, because each one of us would have our own truths.

I was raised to be honest. I believe that if someone is purposely trying to hide something then it is a lie.

Everyone has a different outlook on life and that is okay, but I still think there is lying and telling the truth.

Happiness is what one makes for himself and you know I believe in that part.

Thanks for reading.

Val Karas from Canada on September 25, 2019:

Brenda -- It's a beautiful and wise poem. Now, wouldn't it be nice if everybody's "truth" was the same? People normally operate on basis of their beliefs, which to them is their truth -- but not everybody's truth.

For example, I believe in accessing more of my unused potential, and one of the tools is placebo effect, another one is self-hypnosis -- which could be another word for "lying" to myself. But, whether I contend that life is beautiful, or that life sucks, or is full of unfulfilled desires -- I am right, so I am just choosing something that feels better and is healthier. That's my chosen "truth".

We all are choosing our own, nobody lives by factual reality. Thus, the only truth that would "set us free" would be the one that would get us out of a gloomy outlook on life. We don't want to be free from being happy. Agree?