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Some Accounting of the Truth

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The most awkward conversations

I have ever had

always started with the words,

“How are you?” 

Doesn’t matter who is talking,

what they mean,

or have meant,

to me. 

Only that,

if they asked in honesty,

then I must be honest in return. 

Because,

at this late date in my existence,

I owe them,

I owe the world,

I owe me,

some accounting of the truth. 

However redacted,

or folded in on itself

that truth may be,

and to not tell it,

even incomplete,

is to form a swelling lie within my mind

that crashes on the rocks of my

relations with others,

who are just like me,

until I have become deception itself. 

And the longer I tell,

the longer I live,

the longer I breathe in

any less than truth,

the less I trust myself,

and then others. 

So then,

you ask me,

“How are you?”

 

“What do you want to know?”

 

© Copyright 2017 William S. Friday

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12 thoughts on “Some Accounting of the Truth

  1. This is just perfect.

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  2. “How are you” is a standard greeting of sorts – Hi – how are you? It’s how I respond to your initial reaction to the question that takes on meaning. If your face falls on the floor then the greeting becomes more than a greeting and I would say “What’s wrong?” If you respond to my How are you with OK or I’m good then you have shut the door to further inquiry or conversation about your well being. If you d add your to me How are you? I would not take it as you really wanted to know. That would require a “You wanna talk?”.
    😊

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  3. I hate spell check that changes my words! Add should have been ask. Grrrr

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  4. footloosedon on said:

    the longer I breathe in

    any less than truth,

    the less I trust myself,

    and then others.

    Ain’t that the truth!

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  5. True words. My response is always fine because they really don’t want to know.

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  6. Most of my conversations are awkward.

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