By Aarron Mondello


They lie to protect your feelings
They lie to save their own
They lie to keep their dealings
Secret and unknown

He lies because he’s too scared
To admit to himself his flaws
He lies to try and keep his skeletons
Locked safe behind the closet doors

She lies because she’s ashamed
Of the memories in her head
She lies to keep them from finding
The monsters she hid in her bed

They lie keep the belief alive
That the magic still runs wild and free
They lie to have the children love
The myth of Santa’s Christmas tree

Some lie to gain control
Of a desired situation
Some lie to keep you on a leash
Through ill truth and manipulations

Still others will lie with pure intent
To support and help strengthen spirit
But if you speak with me cage the lies please
Honestly, I’ll respect you for it.

©Aarron Mondello2017

Featured image found in Time Magazine

4 thoughts on “Lies

  1. Hi Aarron, it’s excellent! It’s weird isn’t it how many different motives there are for lying? I like these lines a lot:
    They lie to have the children love
    The myth of Santa’s Christmas tree

    I remember believing in all that, and the sad day when I saw my parents trying to sneak into the house with bags of new toys. Busted! I think I only remember it because of the sudden realization that Santa wasn’t real, but my parents did try so hard to let me have that dream. Come to think of it, I also absolutely believed that my school blazer had magic pockets because every morning, there would be a delicious candy in them. I had hated to wear it and would rather freeze until I “discovered” that it was a magic blazer, and the candy only appeared if I wore it. I also believed that garden fairies really were taking the little gifts I left out for them at night. I kept my poor mum pretty busy come to think of it! Lol. What a great poem, it has made me reflect on some old memories and the choices that parents need to make. I’m glad you liked one of my blog prompts, that means a lot. 🙂

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    1. Honestly, as I read them, the post about lies put a few lines in my head so I went with that.
      The lines about Santa Claus is a lie I myself tell. And I enjoy telling it, I don’t remember when I realised it wasn’t real as a kid, but I do love the activities that come with the story.
      I do not look forward my kids finding out though.

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      1. Lol, they’ll forgive you. I love my parents for making such an effort to give me a happy childhood, including Santa, fairies, Easter Bunny and all that. 🙂


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