11.06.2017

They'll Catch Up In the End

Lies tucked in a plait of hair
no longer fair but greying
nest of untruths tightly made
a braid that’s meant for staying

Roots like mirrors echoing
ornery knowing strands forced
into submission until
no one will know which is worse

The lie or the lying man
who can simply smile and say
empty prayers for your long hair
let down to air lies today

Woman with Long Hair by Man Ray (1929)

#6 of 30 Poems in November to benefit the Center for New Americans. Today’s theme is LIES. And responsive to Kerry’s photo challenge for November: CAMERA FLASH

5 comments:

  1. 'Roots like mirrors echoing ornery knowing strands forced into submission until no one will know which is worse'.. this is so chilling!!

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  2. no one will know which is worse

    The lie or the lying man

    Such a truthful statement, Marian. You pegged that sense of submission which comes across so clearly in the photo.

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  3. That final stanza is so powerful - the last lines just so gripping. I love the sense of somehow, this letting down of the hair, to air out the lies, seems an act of free-will and defiance, that despite the control, the lies, the power struggle or manipulations, underneath, there is still a choice, and that appearances aren't always what they are to the ones looking at, in objectification. Gripping.

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  4. I really don't like submission, but I have understood that there are those who does... let the bad men lie (horizontally)

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  5. Interesting take on the prompt, seems so apropos today.

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