Truth in the face of lies


Truth sometimes

behaves like an animal
before those
who would treat her so

Truth sometimes

bends over backward
in submission
to a flag

Truth sometimes

has to flee or be
carried in a suitcase

Truth must be handled gently

to remain intact

so Truth

must be separate
from fact

Truth in the face of lies
is a wounded woman
Truth has thorns for her defence
Truth will not use them
Truth is not plastic not metal
Truth is not looking for a bet to settle
Truth sometimes

wanders these streets mad
sun in her eyes at midnight
pleading with every drunk
and beggar
for the look of a lover

Truth cannot, however,

be other

Truth may face lies
Truth may drop her disguise
Truth may be the death

of a wounded woman

but above all Truth

is a person