Truth, Lies And Verbal Grouting

The lies came early, came often.

‘You’ll like this.’

‘This won’t hurt.’

‘The tooth fairy won’t come if…’

‘Santa will be here tonight.’

Not yet five and already losing credulity. And yet hanging on, keeping a sliver of the faith.

And still they came.

‘You’ll like school.’

‘Maths is fun.’

‘You can do it.’

So much duplicity had to rub off.

‘I didn’t do it.’

‘It wasn’t me.’

They stopped hurting, except…

‘I love you.’

Even that soul-deep deception wasn’t as bad as…

‘It’s nothing.’

‘I’ll be fine.’

That’s when you realise it’s the truth that really hurts.

not sure where this came from; maybe I need a few of these pictures to remind me of the upsides

or this

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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26 Responses to Truth, Lies And Verbal Grouting

  1. willowdot21 says:

    We are all unsettled Geoff, the poem is so true the photos perfect….. And dog is just dog 💜💜💜

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  2. Beautiful garden, Geoff and your dog, well <3.

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  3. arlingwoman says:

    Yup, that sounds about right. The dog definitely brightens things. (And your garden is fabulous)

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  4. I’ve always been sceptical of platitudes. May you all keep well.

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  5. Yes, flowers and dog–so much truth in the face of so many lies!

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  6. I saw this over at Charli’s, Geoff. Well done on a great idea.

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  7. Erika says:

    The photos are definitely an uplifter. Gorgeous!

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  8. Elizabeth says:

    The flowers show their true colors and they are lovelier than the true colors being revealed by our “leaders.”

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  9. Hi Mylo ❤ Life is hard and sometimes we don't like it!!

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  10. Widdershins says:

    It hurts because we’re so accustomed to battling our way through the bulls … erm … blather, before we get to the real bits, that when it comes up front, we’re not exactly equipped to roll with is as well as we’d like.
    Dog makes everything better though. 🙂

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