Lies We All Tell

Lies We All Tell


By Elton Camp


If truth was all we ever told,

Much friction would unfold.

A child may say, “You sure are fat,”

Adults never dare be candid like that.


A big part of becoming civilized

Is knowing when to tell others lies.

We all learn how ourselves to endear

By saying what people want to hear.


To, “How do you like my new dress?”

Revulsion we aren’t allowed to confess.

“I think it makes you look trim and neat.

Huge pink polka dots just can’t be beat.”


“Those are your new shoes?

How wisely you did choose.

Heels six inches tall

Don’t look bad at all.”


“That purse in suitcase size

Goes so well with your eyes.

Red’s my favorite color too

You always know what to do.”


“You’re just the one to wear

Earrings like a grizzly bear.

And pearl necklace made of paste

Your money you never do waste.”


It must have been great fun

Spending all day at the salon.

Frizzy hair is now back in style.

Your new doo made me smile.”


“And I really like your new automobile.

You do look so great behind the wheel.

Those cars like boxes on wheels

Are now such wonderful deals.”




How did you ever think

To buy a car neon pink?

So easy for you it must be

In the parking lot to see.”


Know lies like these are required.

So make the response that’s desired.

 If that social game you don’t play,

Alone in the woods you better stay.


StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 8/31/2010 3:47:26 AM
Moonrose nails it totally! And for you to weave truth with your marvellous wit is just genius. A rare talent you have, my friend and I hope it takes you to the stars.

TragicallyFine   TragicallyFine wrote
on 8/28/2010 1:44:54 PM
That was really great. Witty.

Elton4562   Elton4562 wrote
on 8/21/2010 1:04:38 AM
Moonrose, Thanks for your nice comment. It's always encouraging to get nice feedback. Elton Camp

Moonrose   Moonrose wrote
on 8/20/2010 11:17:26 PM
You know, I love reading your poems because they make me laugh: firstly because what you're saying is so true, and secondly because of the witty and humorous way you phrase them. Thanks for making me smile again :)

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Learning when to lie is a part of becoming civilized.