Truth vs. Lies (a sestina)

Morning Dew by Cindee Snider Re; used with permission

What words will you speak tonight?
Cunning, pithy, sugary lies?
In a new morning
enchanted with light, think not I will forget
your prevarications when the droplets of dew
drip on tears of midnight’s blue.

Will words always be black, shaded with blue,
and spoken by day-shadows, too? Night
ends finally, as I wait for the dew
to evaporate in a pillar of cloud. He lies
quietly, like a lion ready to attack. Yet when Love speaks, I forget
the darkness and see the breath of morning.

I’ve danced in songs of mourning,
but also in streams turned yellow from blue…
Still, the enemy whispers, to tempt me forget
by eve’s turn, tonight—
to detract with false luster and reframed lies–
the sparkle that blooms in the dew.

To such as you, nothing is due,
sir- but you are no gentleman. Morning
makes it clear, your lies
disappeared when truth blew
on your thin skin, and so you will succumb, too. Night
will not swallow me; I will not forget!

The truth, no, I cannot forget
when Love has spoken as gently as dew;
those silver drops that vanish into stars tonight,
and the blush of the morning
when she steps out of darkened blue–
yes, Love speaks loud enough to shatter fragile lies.

But you would try further, to have me believe lies?
You think I’d flounder and forget
Love’s hope and promises? The day your words blew
in eternal wind, didn’t that do
for you? I believe in the hope of morning
and will remember the sunrise tonight.

From blue to yellow, deep truth springs from shallow lies,
Love will sing tonight, and will not let me forget
the hope of morning that shines in spheres of glistening dew.

I submit this poem for the prompt “Conversation”, a collaboration between Tweetspeak Poetry and The High Calling. This poetry form is called a Sestina, in which six words are repeated in an ordered sequence at the end of each line in each stanza, in the following format:
1 2 3 4 5 6         – End words of lines in first sestet.
6 1 5 2 4 3         – End words of lines in second sestet.
3 6 4 1 2 5         – End words of lines in third sestet.
5 3 2 6 1 4         – End words of lines in fourth sestet.
4 5 1 3 6 2         – End words of lines in fifth sestet.
2 4 6 5 3 1         – End words of lines in sixth sestet.
(6 2) (1 4) (5 3)   – Middle and end words of lines in tercet.

13 thoughts on “Truth vs. Lies (a sestina)

  1. Wounded lover hearing lies and wanting truth!
    Love will win if spoken from the heart.
    Enemy of our soul is the chief liar, the first one.
    Arrows of pain strike their mark,

    Swell and fill the void where lies have touched my soul,
    I welcome love to enter and remain,
    Lies cannot stay and they will not prevail,
    The gentle Holy Spirit refreshes with His rain!

    The above was triggered by your poem, and I am posting it today, and sending followers your way to view your post.

    1. Wow, Hazel, I love your poem; you just made that up? I wanted it to keep going, to keep on reading! I’m blessed by your inspired words… yes indeed “swell and fill the void…” Thank you, Hazel, for sharing this!

  2. This is powerful, Anna, and beautiful, and hard, and filled with so much imagery I need to read it again and again to begin to absorb the emotion and color and texture and time. WOW! Awesome entry for the “Conversation” poem challenge! Well done!

  3. Yes, the enemy whispers lies, but truth wins out. I love your line, “Love speaks loud enough to shatter fragile lies.” This is so true. Your poetry is beautiful and encouraging.

  4. Great job! I like this. You make me want to study poetic forms more. I also appreciate that you contrast love and lies as much as you do truth and lies. Truth and love are so often combined in Scripture, and you utilize that in this poem. Well done!

  5. fantastic! I had to really look hard for the repetitions they were so fluid in the purpose of the poem. Oh, I’m going to try one of these. I absolutely love the tension between love and truth with you in between. Just wonderful. (came over at Hazel Moon’s suggestion, doesn’t she have an incredible name?)

  6. Just lovely. I like the sound of it. The whole poem has a clear, pristine quality. The tone is set, I think, by the gorgeous photo, reinforced by the repeating “ue” sounds and lots of liquid “l”s.

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