28 May 2018

Falling In Truth

Thin Ice by Jukka, Creative Commons

"And the first question to ask yourself is:
How great a liar am I?"~ DH Lawrence

Truth is so rare in my country that we tag it “in truth.”
Which creates suspicion, don’t you think? What about
the rest of the conversation, if it wasn’t “in truth”? 

Three truths and one lie.  OK.  I am a poet.
You are my friend.  I love my friends, and so I help
them.  I walked the dog earlier.  Do I lie well?

And how are you today?  Very well?  That’s good!  Whew!
(That’s an American moment I don’t do well.)
Answering as though you care breaks the rhythmic rush.

Even the wind is slower.  It howls.  It listens.
Sees eye to eye.  I think.  How could it lie? It blows
or not.  Its acceleration is undisguised.

Though even in nature, surfaces can deceive.
Think of thin ice.  Of clean water.  Of sleeping
volcanoes.  Of solid earth.  Of moments before truth.

For my prompt 

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© 2018 Susan L. Chast


Peter Chast said...


Sherry Blue Sky said...


Old Egg said...

What use is truth if you can't make a profit from your words? It is such a disposable commodity these days of such little value to politicians, entrepreneurs and advertisers, etc. I sometimes wonder if our noses really should grow longer if we told a lie, wouldn't that be good Susan?

Vivian Zems said...

You present a good argument for how nature is not as truthful as we think she is. It's probably a reason for us to adjust our expectations. I also wonder about the 'in truth' thing...very worrying.

Another one that raises my alarm bells is ' to be honest with you....'. It makes with wonder...' is there another option..?'
Well penned!

Kim Russell said...

Your take on the truth is interesting, especially as I have written a poem with the title 'Nature Never Lies' and you have written the lines:
'Though even in nature, surfaces can deceive.
Think of thin ice. Of clean water. Of sleeping
volcanoes. Of solid earth. Of moments before truth.'
Now you've made me think again, Susan!

Thotpurge said...

Though even in nature, surfaces can deceive.. absolutely!! Love the parentheses in the middle with the aside...made me smile!

Dr. Anita Sabat said...

Wonderfully expressed.
I agree with you.
"In truth" & "Honestly" and "To tell you the truth" - we use all this and more to convince people that we are telling the truth!
There are so many true lies!
Ultimately Truth Is Truth - Anita

Mary said...

Three truths and one lie -- hmmm, more likely three lies and one twisted truth. Or maybe no truth at all. How can we tell...after all...in this new day? And indeed, how are you? Does anyone really tell the truth? I know a man who is dying of cancer, but when I speak to him he says he is doing well. But then again his truth is probably as good as mine.

Robert Bourne said...

Today sorting the wheat from the chaff is most difficult... nicely written

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Back again. This is my new favourite of yours! WONDERFUL!

Namratha Varadharajan said...

In truth, unique perspectives

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Wow! What an amazing and wonderful poem. (And that;s my truth.)

Frank J. Tassone said...

I love the fluidity of your language, as you explore the intricacies of truth-telling, or avoiding the truth.

gillena cox said...

Yup you sure nailed truth here Susan


Wendy Bourke said...

Truth - a quality I once believed would forever remain a constant. It's all rather chilling. Brilliant piece.

kaykuala said...

Though even in nature,
surfaces can deceive.
Think of thin ice.

It pays to be suspicious as it can be messy in the long run. Good thinking Susan!


annell said...

A wonderful write!!

Sara McNulty said...

Unique point of view about Mother Nature! And yes, "in truth" is ridiculous.

Sumana Roy said...

I love these snippets of 'moments before truth'. The images are simply fabulous.