Portrait of Lies

your eyes see a picture of perfection

but buried beneath the beautiful

package is something outside the truth


secrets, lies, deception

all tumble over one another

in a wildly beating heart


a heart panicked at discovery

and the inevitable destination

of a life carefully crafted

sly smile

a smile tricked out at the corners

speaks of a lover kept secret

eyes gazing into a memory of

citrusy bedrooms and paisley bedspreads

where two bodies writhe in desperate abandon


chasing away lost hope and daily drudgery

looking to find a past youth

and forgotten excitement


but ends with guilt weighing heavily

as true love smiles tenderly

from a portrait of perfection.


From my book:



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