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

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 11 years and 3-year-old son, and at least for the next year, I’m on the right side of 40. (Both the interstate and existence, in years). I am a Tar Heel born and bred, and watch every Yankees game I can. My goal is to visit all 30 MLB stadiums in the next 10 years. I’ve been to 5 so far! Obviously I enjoy writing, but I also enjoy watching and reading sci-fi. I’m slowly attempting to finish my first novel, a “humorous” sci-fi romp which may be finished one day. I am a Doctor Who obsessive and choose Star Trek over Star Wars.

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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