The Real Truth (Or Why Nobody Asks Me to Deliver Toasts at Weddings or Family Feasts)
do any of you
know of Truth?
None of you would know it
not even if it rose in the east,
set in the west,
and pelted you with harmful UV rays
as you lean into his warmth,
grinning like a slow-cooked idiot.
Slowly he rises,
bringing light, warmth,
and terminal cancer,
the indifferent promise
of life and death.
We’ll sing in praise of the former
screening the latter
with sweetly scented chemicals
that lead to a sweeter-scented
Life, like the sun
which nourishes and imperils us,
is a massively limited,
string of things that don’t matter,
and the only constant is
its inevitable return to the lifeless void;
this inevitability is not to be
praised nor condemned, for
to try is to embrace the lie,
not that it matters how infinity is received,
for it will be visited upon you inevitably
and nothing you leave behind,
not even progeny, not even monuments,
not even this truthful tribute will matter,
for none of it will outlast the inevitability.
Life is a lie, death is the Truth,
and I know of no one, good or evil,
who has faced this Truth
with grace and equanimity
who has ever lived to tell the tale.
Now stop wasting everyone’s time
and let us enjoy this bountiful harvest
grown in the light of Truth.
Written for Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Truth (in honor of Gandhi’s birthday), posted by Susan.
6 thoughts on “The Real Truth (Or Why Nobody Asks Me to Deliver Toasts at Weddings or Family Feasts)”
Wow. That was really moving. Beautiful. And true. 😉
Like the secondary title. We do not know the truth, we’ll at least not consciously.
Truth…It is hard to find and often hard to speak. So much to think about in this poem.
A poem with a heavy-hitting message. Lovely to see your link at Poets United, Barry.
Quite a moving poem, Barry. I love the title(s).
You make me face my own mortality by reading this poem.