Be the truth

The truth, if such things exist, screams
for attention, authentically searching
for a voice in the silence while deception
drowns reality in shiny distractions

and falsehoods. Look instead to the truthbringers,
the journalists standing for fact while
swatting away lies buzzing too close
to our faces, pests before our purity. Turn inwards

and face the world honestly, finding strength
in the genuine while fighting the urge to adorn
reality with glossy decoration. Be the truth
that exists in the world, a flyswatter

beating back the outbreak of mendacity
slowly spreading disease through the world.
Spray disinfectant and rejoice as truth
declares victory on behalf of the righteous.

Phillip Knight Scott | © 2019

Written for the Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Truth (in honor of Gandhi’s birthday)
Photo by Phillip Knight Scott

Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now!

12 thoughts on “Be the truth

  1. I especially like the first line of the poem and the first line of the last stanza: “beating back the outbreak of mendacity.”


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