Abhay Kumar

(1980 / Bihar / India)

In Defence Of Lies - Poem by Abhay Kumar

Lies all around us
with lies we live,
we know that truth
is wonderful
but without lies

we can’t live.

Truth hurts,
but lies are so smooth,
some call them white
so harmless, so sweet,
they come as euphemisms
saving us from the cruel realities.

Lies are incarnations of the truth,
partial truth,
truth as we know it,
as true as possible or
truth and nothing but the truth
and many more such variations.

While ideal is the truth
lies are practical and good
while truth gets all the accolade,
remember a day passed without lies
they remain underdogs,
snubbed, derided and ignored.

On lies countries are invaded,
on lies empires are built,
on lies leaders get elected,
on lies we fight wars,
on lies millions get killed,
on lies power is built.

Oh unsung, un-praised lies,
let me toast to your glory,
your power, your strength,
your charisma, your aura,
unparallel, unmatched,
alas! truth gets all glory.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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