Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lies Looking For Girls To Tell Them

Lies looking for girls to tell them
gather in groups--
little ions looking for a charge.

Girls grow up greedy to spout the wildest stuff
about each other
or boys
or all the things they will do.

Girls spend hours in front of mirrors
telling lie upon lie.
I'm ugly/ I'm pretty/ that's enough/ never enough.

Girls grow and haul a whole hope chest stuffed with lies
behind them to college,
to the altar,
to the nursery.

Lies looking for girls to tell them are never lonely for long.
Diogenes ran a girls' school until he lost his mind.
The students lied and said he went sailing.

Sit with me. Talk.
Our mothers did the best they could.
We'll always be like sisters.
This tea is good.

Lies looking for girls to tell them
don't stop when friends go home.
They circle when you're

At sunset I shake all my gathered lies from my apron to the sky,
and when they work together,
oh the storm
oh the storm.



Anonymous said...

Beautiful and sorrowful poem. Well done

hedgewitch said...

Just a superb opening conceit, Shay, followed through flawlessly line by line, each stanza carving the hieroglyph a bit deeper in the soul for future generations to take notice--but they never do...the fifth and six stanza are knife-sharp(as always you show not tell) and the first and last stanzas bookend the whole like the exquisite things they are. Really cannot see how this could be any better.

TexWisGirl said...

you craft concepts and words like no one else.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is one of my favorite poems of yours, Shay. It is real, it is true, and I love the sitting together, talking and "this tea is good." This is how it is with women. Loved this.

Cloudia said...

Oh the storm!

You are unique

ALOHA from Honolulu

Outlawyer said...

Terrific opening and close, especially, but the whole thing is good. I hate to think of it as true--but it certainly is powerful. Thanks. k.

Fireblossom said...

Karin--I literally dreamed up the title line.

Mama Zen said...

I love the entire notion, Shay. Wish that I'd thought of it.

Lolamouse said...

Wow. Just superb.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Oh, this is brilliant!

grapeling said...

all I can do is echo - brilliant ~

Other Mary said...

I'm so glad I stumbled across this. Wow...why do we love those lies so? Cracking write, Shay. (I would have said brilliant, but everyone else already did)

my heart's love songs said...

sure, sure... i'll trust you (about as far as i can throw you, as the saying goes.) love your labels!

this poem is FABulous, SP!

"Lies looking for girls to tell them"

only you could come up with such a fantastic line!

enjoyed the tune, as well.