Two-Faced Words


Two-Faced Words













Words are but the dripping of leaking minds,
and what pictures they evoke,
often far from truth, elicit worlds of reality in waiting;
and we must fathom their meanings,
delve into ruse and purpose and intentions,
to render our own reality within context.

One can see those words drip,
as if salivated from a eager thin-lipped mouth,
intentions red-flagged in a ruse of manipulation;
and I watch the flow of thoughts
that ride the back of lies, to sway minds into agreement,
and those reverent smiles that plead trust, like barbed wire.

Conversations are often a war of strike and parry,
placate and coerce till minds rescind,
and victors smooth the path to conciliatory amends,
a slight of hand bending of will,
often subtle and by choice, instilled without qualm,
the guile of an adept voice.

What I see too much offends my soul,
as honesty is melted down by purpose,
and words become the weapons of aspiration,
at the cost of anyone in the way,
and so I seek in words, the honesty I would expect,
when conversation is a meaningful expression,
without lies or deceit.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “Two-Faced Words

  • June 16, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Sincerity and honesty are the most important things when using words. There are some people I do my best to avoid, for they have no concept of sincerity, which is very damaging to relationships. As Mark Twain said, “always tell the truth then you don’t have to remember anything.” – very wise man he was. Very well penned verse, Tony.

  • June 16, 2016 at 2:41 AM

    Thank you Phyllis, yes so many people are basically deceptive and use words to achieve what they want, and never utter a word of truth, just manipulate their world and yours if you let them. Take care

  • June 16, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    I love the picture, Tony. And I love your opening line, “Words are but the dripping of leaking minds . . .”That says how it is about as plain as anything. Another job well done, my friend!

  • June 16, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Much appreciated Bill, glad you enjoyed it. Take care.


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