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  Friends Lie: Writer’s Dilemma
by Mark M Lichterman
Monday, March 29, 2010
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 Friends Lie: Writer’s Dilemma  

Not willing to hurt one’s feelings,

“Oh, yes!” I’ve been told so many times,

so many times over the years.

“Oh, yes!” They would say.

“Really?” I'd ask.


Yes, really, I did!”

Friends new and old

would say throughout

the twenty and four years taken

to have the first book published.

“Oh, yes!”

“Really?”I would question.


Yes, really, I did!”

Do they tell the truth?

my mind would ask.

After all no one wants to hurt you.




you and I

pour our souls

into what we write

into what we create

into what we bring life onto

Friends do not want to hurt you.

I do not want to hurt you so,

“Yes?" They'd question.

Oh, yes!” I’ve said when reading

the words I know had been

mulled over, thought over and

pulled from the Poet’s Handbook

or a Random House Thesaurus

then written and re-written.


“Yes!" I would say.


“Really,” they would ask.

Really, you really like it?”

“Oh, yes!

Yes, realIy, I do!”

Written and re-written,

then put into the semblance

of a story, of a poem and,

here it is,

and there it is,

and I’m a friend,

they’re a friend,

do they say,

do I say

what our minds say will hurt?


Maybe a true friend

would say the truth


maybe you

maybe me

maybe we do not really

like what we know

had been

mulled over, thought over and

pulled from the Poet’s Handbook

or a Random House Thesaurus

then written and re-written.


Do we tell the truth?

Not wanting to hurt

friends do lie.

“Oh, yes!

Yes, I really did!”


Do I tell the truth?




Do they tell the truth,

my mind would question.



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Reviewed by Carole Mathys 4/2/2010
This is a question that plagues writers often, do they or don't they and just don't want to dash your dreams...a thought to ponder, that's for sure. Splendid truth in this poem, Mark.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 3/30/2010
None of us wants to hurt a friend's feelings, but for myself, I would rather have the truth...of course, it certainly depends on delivery, as well. You can be kind and honest, especially if you care about the other person. I appreciate quality critiques and helpful advice. I don't appreciate rudeness. This is so true for so many of us, Mark. Well said! ~Lizzie
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/30/2010
Friends Lie, is absolutely a true statement. Well done.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/30/2010
Excellent, Mark. Spot on truth in these lines.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by The Poetess 3/30/2010
Gently truthful is what a "friend" would be.
All else is just words, to me.

Reviewed by John Domino 3/30/2010
Well done Mark! Meaningful poetic thoughts are incorporated into this piece! I like to say good words in public to my fellow writers.
If I have advice them that may be embarrassing I can always write them a personal note. In all cases honesty and affirmation helps us to improve. I love Author's Den! Amen!

John Michael Domino
Reviewed by Felix Perry 3/29/2010
When it comes to my writing I would rather people be honest...not rude or ignorant or belittling but honest.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 3/29/2010
True friends are the ones you can depend on to be truthful, not that they want to hurt you but they want the best for you. Great write Markie and I hope I have true friends out their.

Your #1 Newfie Friend Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Chessly Nesci 3/29/2010
True friends tell the truth even if it means hurting someone they care about. They are very hard to find these days because it is easier just telling people what they want to hear. Great poem Mark! Take care, ~Chessly

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