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Half Truths

July 21, 2017

Too Clever by half

Don’t you worry, I’m nobody’s fool

Nothing gets past me (unless I let it)

Make a mistake, I shan’t forget it

Choose your words carefully,

Don’t expect me to agree it’s “cool”,

Not for nothing did I go to school.

I seem to know what you’re saying before you say it

Repeating and rephrasing is just irritating

Don’t bother trying to sell me anything

I’ve seen it all before, bought it, thought it, felt it

If there’s a rat behind you I’ve already smelt it

I’ve seen monsters of hypocrisy spouting their lies

Slavishly following their party lines

Making promises they know shan’t be kept

Trying to win tears that won’t be wept

So while naïve people dash about getting enthused

I’m proud to be one who has always refused

To participate in anything with any belief or passion

Knowing the only truth in this world is but passing fashion

Very little survives my sarcastic scrutiny and wit

It’s a long time since I expected anything else of it.



Not Half!

Belief is a wonderful thing, undoubtedly

When folk tell their tales don’t listen half heartedly

Enjoy their stories of past glories

Consider carefully their life living theories

Don’t discount their long winded struggles and woes

Attend, even to their dullest and wildest accounts

Whether of real ghosts or mere sightings of UFOs

Don’t smash their claims, don’t spoil their game

Don’t treat them like fools, we all are

We all need to be believed

Especially when we try to improve

On our own wonderful, terrible truth

For which of us can bear to exist

Without being their own protagonist?

Who can accept the world’s aspersions

Without presenting their own versions?

We can only get past mutual suspicion

By agreeing to share some level of vision

The truth is what we make of it

We live and die for the sake of it

But it can be nice to take a break from it.


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