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I'd rather lie to you
-the truth ends up
face down, chalk out-lined
more fabricated evidence
of my imaginary crimes.

I'd rather bluster, rage and cuss
blow your house of cards
to dust, douse the past
in gasoline, and toss a match
on this incendiary scene.

but I drown

in solitude
while your recriminations
double down, til I'm busted flush
"leave the table?"
"what's the rush?"

Given time I'll finally master
this spiteful game
and truth and lies
can be the same.

Smile if you're stupid,
laugh if you understand.

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The following comments are for "I'd Rather"
by Bartleby

My husband's mantra in such situations was "deny, deny, deny" and a good offense is the best defense!

He could never just sit back and let it go!!
Come to think of it...neither can I!

So good to see you back!

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: June 5, 2010 )

Tis Better to have Lied and Lived
Oh, this speaks to me. Why cling to truth when it seems to lead only to further recriminations, abuse, hurt . . .? Dishonesty provides a refuge. Is it an illusory refuge?

I always enjoy your work, and I'm glad to see you back as well. There does seem to be something off, rhythmically, in the last stanza, but I could be reading it incorrectly. And it's a minor issue.

The poem's meaning shines.

( Posted by: manatee [Member] On: June 6, 2010 )

Given Time
"Given time I'll finally master
this spiteful game
and truth and lies
can be the same."

Wonderful way with words.... as always!

This piece conjurs up all the frustration of -you're damned if you do, you're damned if you don't.-
leaves one wondering if it is all worth it.

Excelent piece of poetry


( Posted by: ivordavies [Member] On: June 7, 2010 )

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