a few not so bleak words for Margaret Atwood*

tell me lies
the song says
and again
tell me sweet little lies
I try not to
tell lies to anyone
unless they deserve them
yet how to know
who is truly deserving?
and who lies to me
when they think
my guard is down?
once the Boy Scout Law 
demanded of me
do a good turn
for somebody every day
have I tried to do that?
I don’t know
nobody will ever know
they’ll just wearily wonder
and lie in their teeth too
when it suits

*Of course your lies

are more amusing:
you make them new each time.
Margaret Atwood from Power Politics

**Christine Perfect (1943-2022) and Eddie Quintela
for Fleetwood Mac Album Tango in the Night (1987)



Jeff Cloves

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