Can you go a day without telling a lie?

autumn

A story I once read.
About a girl with tall tales.
Who didn’t blink to tell a lie.
Her praises not worth a dime.

To be popular, she lied.
At heart she was not bad.
Her fault laid in her beauty.
Can the face of an angel lie.

A day came, a challenge thrown.
Can you go a day without telling a lie?
To sweeten the pot, a bet made.
Cash to be given at sunset.

A referee appointed to follow.
Making sure the girl was truthful.
Motivated by cash she is ready.
Not realising the friends she’d hurt.

For so long she sugar-coated her words.
She’d forgotten that truth hurts.
A friend asked “Isn’t my dress pretty?”
“No, it’s ugly,” she told truthfully.

The prize money kept her going.
But by sunset, her shoulders sagged.
A kind old lady said, “Don’t my Lucy look pretty?”
“Yes,” she lied. The ugliest dog grinned back.

When is a lie not a lie?
Can I go a day without telling a lie?
Truthfully, I cannot.
May be one day, but not today.

By C.E. Pereira
(2-2-2016)

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Author: cepcarol

I'm a Eurasian of Portuguese, English, Scottish and Malay heritage. And my extended family are of Chinese and Indian heritage. My world is made up of different colours like the rainbow. And like the rainbow I am unique. Reading is my form of relaxation, to escape from the drudgery of daily life and enter into a world of the imagination. It is the love of reading that has led me to try my hand in writing short stories and poems. I hope that in some way my stories and poems will take you for a little while away from the drudgery of the present into the pages of imagination. To new friends found, I bid you, Welcome. Sincerely, C.E. Pereira

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