This Pathology – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Nothing is ever certain.” Alice Sebold

This Pathology

What is a lie and when is it?
If it remains unspoken 
is it a lie at all or just a secret
waiting to be told some day
with a passion devoid of facts?
Or is a lie more an avoidance,
a denial of responsibility that a
face may be saved to preserve a
difficult truth framed by shame?
Once the path is well worn
it becomes ever so familiar,
like an old shoe or a friend,
this pathology of gilded words
of virtue untruthed,
where will it end?

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, poem, quote

35 responses to “This Pathology – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Some lies are part of courtesy… That’s all right.
    Lies that bug me most? Politicians. On top of it they think we’re stupid…
    Take care Paul.

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  2. I don’t know where it will end, but I wish it would…especially blatant disregard for the facts.

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  3. It is easy to tell when a politician is lying, you see their lips moving.

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  4. lync56

    it seems to be the norm in politics – well said


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