Above all, don’t lie to yourself.”

Fyodor DostoevskyThe Brothers Karamazov


I can lie to myself easily enough,

With small shifts in the story to adjust

The present view, to accommodate

a new façade on the old denouement.


Although, it is less work to accept

The dominant narrative; the mundane

Given, leading toward an obvious proof;

Someone else’s truth not your own.


I am so tired, and there are so many

Steps to manage the smallest crisis:

What to buy for dinner? Should I change

Lanes now, or wait a mile or two.


I simply rearrange the bread crumbs

I’ve dropped for you along the way.


(December 20, 2017)



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