Truth or Lies? ~ the Sonnet

Truth or Lies

true love
Truth or Lies?

Truth or Lies ~ the Sonnet

My love swears that she always tells the truth,
I believe her though I am sure she lies.
She tells me I’m still in the prime of youth
But I know later middle-age applies.

I act as though she’s right and I am young,
Although she really knows I’m past my best.
I must give credit to her fibbing tongue
Though both of us the simple truth suppress.

So, how can I accuse her words unjust,
And claim she’s wrong and I am really old?
Love’s secret formula’s selective trust,
And true love always keeps you young I’m told.

I do not question her about what’s true

For better her kind lies than feeling blue.

~Or an alternative final couplet~

Perhaps I need to exercise much more

So I can tightly lock that old-age door.

True love
True love always keep you young


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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “Truth or Lies? ~ the Sonnet

  • February 7, 2021 at 7:09 AM

    Perhaps we all need to lock the “old-age” door! Wonderful and a joy to read. Thank you John for sharing. Jamie

  • February 7, 2021 at 10:13 PM

    Thank you for reading, Jamie. Yes, keep that door locked.

  • February 19, 2021 at 11:40 PM

    Haha don’t we all, Ralph. Thanks for reading and appreciating this piece.

  • February 26, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Thank you for reading and enjoying this sonnet, Phyllis.


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