Rotten Lies

Joe Strickland 1986 (Hobbysville, SC)

rotten lies
spread like wildfire,
through the cracks
of truth they seep,
until they become
the fabric of reality.
they fester
and grow,
every corner
of our minds,
creating a web
of deceit,
that we can no longer
we are suffocated
by the stench
of these putrid
choking on the bile
of deception,
that has become
our new normal.
we must resist,
we must fight,
against the tide
of lies that drown us,
in the darkness
of falsehood,
we can still find
the faint glimmer
of truth. 
can't we?

About this poem

The poem is a commentary on the insidious nature of lies and their corrosive effect on society. It depicts how lies can spread rapidly, distorting the truth and creating a false reality that is difficult to escape.

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Written on March 27, 2024

Submitted by JoeStrickland on March 27, 2024

Modified by JoeStrickland on March 27, 2024

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Joe Strickland

I'm just a regular, blue collar, working stiff who took an interest in writing poetry many years ago but until recently I haven't had a desire to share any with anyone or pursue publication. I'm an unpublished fork lift operator by night, and a day drinker by choice. I can be followed on Twitter @JoeStricklandSC more…

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  • amandak.45897
    Deep and so much heart and feeling. Truth, great poem
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