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LIAR REPENTANT
(3/14/07)


Brother Bollocks
walks alone
these days
his company
a bit
too dangerous
to keep

he was told
at rebirth
that the truth
wielded carelessly
could be a weapon
severing relationships
that no lie
could put
asunder

he understood
the warning
and held veracity
closely to the source
unless directly
questioned
at which times
the only option
was to reveal
the real
deal

those
who knew him best
were relieved
in the beginning
to see him turn away
from the apocryphal bent
of his voice
and pen

but soon
they learned
that his newfound
integrity
had to be treated
with a caution
that his lies
never warranted

fabrications
could be dismissed
but the facts
were stones
that must
be carried
for life

fewer
and fewer queries
were sent his way
and he found
to his dismay
that most
did not appreciate
any direct confrontation
with a reality
that they
would rather
ignore

born again
he could not fathom
the gray atmosphere
coating the planet
on which
they chose
to tread

congratulations
soon changed
to silence
and if
a question
were asked of him
by the uninitiated
the knowing
would flee
in fear
of the response

they now miss
his stories
his creative flair
for he was amusing
once his prevaricating
nature was established
and they knew
to discount
the utterances
and scribblings
as fiction

none
could now
meet his gaze
and explain to him
that complete honesty
had taken the fun
and chance
from him
after
telling him
repeatedly
that his lies
could no longer
be tolerated

these days
they smile
and nod to him
but retreat
at the first signs
of communication

he misses
their intercourse
less and less
as the years
go by

Brother Bollocks
looks to the sky
earth
and sea
the non-human life
that they sustain
and knows
that he
truly belongs
amongst them

he now
speaks
their language