We model for children in many ways
“it’s okay if you get away with it”
and then we wonder what happened to truth.
Politicians and criminals treat truth
as if a losing game and lie in ways
so popular fiction gets rich from it.
Art, too, values skilled illusion in ways
that made many religions condemn it
in an attempt to teach absolute truth.
Like faith, poetry seeks truth in its ways.
Poem 7 for April (poetry month) inspired by and its prompt for Day Seven from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write a tritina.
*Note: All April poem-a-day poems are rough drafts awaiting revision.
Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast