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Anatomy of a Lie
by Carla J. Nelson
Friday, January 18, 2013
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A look at how what seems like a simple lie can have endless repercussions.

Anatomy of a Lie

It started benignly enough.
Blindsided by the betrayal of someone you trusted,
You chose denial instead of confrontation.
You chose what seemed to be the easy way out,
The way to protect your status quo.

So you lied to shift the blame for your hurt.
And then, as always happens,  questions arose,
That necessitated more lies
To validate the one before.
And things escalated.

More and more innocent bystanders,
Were sucked into your vortex of lies.
Relationships were ruined.
Lives were devastated.
The carnage was too much to bear.

So you drew yourself into yourself.
You shut out that unbearable reality.
To shield your own psyche,
Your lies became your truth.
And you became, in your mind, the victim.

Now you sit alone and lonely.
Blaming everyone but yourself.
Nursing your self-inflicted hurts.
Railing against the injustice of it all.
Refusing to accept your "truth" began with a lie.


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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/29/2013
You share what is undoubtedly a universal and timeless theme of this world/life, Carla. I appreciate the perspective that you have shared through your verses. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Ronald Hull 1/19/2013
Why am I thinking of Lance Armstrong? Or perhaps O.J. Simpson? How many other of our heroes have lied to us in their quest for fortune and fame. It always starts with a little lie that must be protected by another, and then another, and so on, until the big lie is created.

A beautifully crafted and thought-provoking poem that I have enjoyed because of its honesty.

Reviewed by Budd Nelson 1/18/2013
a hard thing for some to admit, the truth is always the best policy to avoid the carnage

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