Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant*


When the starless skies labor beneath a gravid moon, it’s so easy to imagine your face and the way you looked at me as the door swung shut behind you.  Most of the time, there is a veil between me and my memories of you.  In the brightness of the day, I can walk down these streets and not think of the souls you crushed and how you sucked the marrow from us and picked your teeth clean with the fractured bones.that once held our fragile frames together.

It didn’t matter that you left us, each one of us, sleepless and lying on beds we once shared with you.  Heated whispers and touches swirling around us like sweet incense. We believed each promise, each lie, because your blue eyes, so absent of guile, pleaded with us to believe.  To trust.

When you see another tasty morsel walking by, the staccato sound of her steps echoing against the pallid brick and mortar of the old buildings, I wonder if your eyes begin to glisten in breathless anticipation.  And it doesn’t really matter if she is a long-legged blond who sees right past you or a disillusioned artist who weeps her pictures out on stretched canvas.

No, it really doesn’t matter, because after all, a meal’s a meal, right?

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*Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
Emily Dickinson

10 thoughts on “Tell all the Truth but tell it Slant*

  1. if we’re resorting to astronomically awful punnyness, then how did he find out the relationship was over? – galaxy (-the gal axed- he-) i haven’t any likes left as i spent them over the picture choice so here’s your warning I read you again 😀 😉

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