I cry and I lie

I cry and I lie.

I lie, not cause I cry,

but I cry cause I have to lie.

Or maybe I lie because I’m crying.

I’m crying for a truth I cannot tell.

I cry cause I’m holding it all inside.

I lie for the truth I cannot tell.

I cry cause it’s easier than talking.

I lie because of the burden it carries.

This is not the lie of a tongue—

A lie of emotions and tears.

Crying to avoid confronting my fears.

I cry and I lie.

I lie, not cause I cry,

but I cry and lie to deal with the pain.

©2016 Taihair Brown

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