The Essence of Truth

So I hung out with my friend “Willy” last night (William Shakespeare – love his words) and Muse showed up desiring to play, so my prose discusses the “today” of life that is so filled with commercial artifice and pretense, please enjoy!

truth

TRUTH

Is that you
The persistent hovering
near the backstory of my being …
Truth,where art thou?
I sense your longing
to reveal all.
You seem so close yet far away
I can’t quite touch you
surrounded by life’s illusions,
this glamour of falsity,
enticed by artificial pleasures.

~

Are you still really there?
Cloaked dissimilation,
Truth,
you present naught
but ambiguity of manner,
unrecognizable.
I cannot bear your distortion.
trapped within life’s backdrop
the current unfolding drama,
or should I say comedy
(of errors perchance?).
~
I sigh for such is life today
where truths are only words
… of which are played.
And we, most amateur of playwrights
unable to see you as you really are,
make much of puzzling enigmas,
while busily
fashioning the fashions
of the state of our being.

~

Alas, the curtain will still rise
the show must go on.
If  I could but see and know you
But truth be told
I don’t know that I would recognize you
from
the falsity of purpose
you’ve become.
Could you, would you
come a little closer
and give not just an essence
but a pureness of thought
word and deed,
For I find, we need you now
more than ever.
~
Penny L Howe, 2013
 

plh

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend,

 

19 thoughts on “The Essence of Truth

  1. That is remarkable. I particularly savored
    “And we, most amateur of playwrights
    unable to see you as you really are,
    make much of puzzling enigmas,
    while busily
    fashioning the fashions
    of the state of our being.”

    You have quite a muse Penny. 🙂

  2. Your writing has truly risen to a new level. There is so much to ponder in this poem. I am reminded of how difficult it has become to have true conversation with so many whose truths are colored by the voices of the many “talking heads”.

    • I sort of hid behind a simpler quality of writing the first half of year I blogged. I was concerned I’d be considered an intellectual, too heavy, or something like that. It is fun to sneak these pieces in, however. Glad you enjoyed this LuAnn. 🙂

    • Yeah, I do like to hang out with him, I must admit, occasionally he even manages to pass on a bit of his wit and personality. Thank you mj, hope your weekend is being good to you! xx

  3. Brilliant Penny!

    I love that you stood up to “Truth” and challenged it to boot ~
    “But truth be told
    I don’t know that I would recognize you
    from
    the falsity of purpose
    you’ve become.”

    So much to think about here —
    and yes – “we need you now more than ever.”

    ~ How true this is!!!

    Sending Love to my most favorite blog-soul-friend ! RLx

  4. This was a true soliliqoy of a poem, I could picture the stage (all the world of it) and you musing as we bloggers sat around in a semi circle pondering your words. loving your oh so subtle references too!

    You truly make truth an enigma, something tangible yet almost mystical even though we are aware of it. I imagine truth to answer you with such stunningly chosen words as “not on your nelly, will you glimpse me clearly duck”, but such would be the skill of Shakespeare, or his willingness to drink and let the effects jazz up his scripts that you would find truth and it would be a ghost of a metaphor. This would lead to you finding all the answers and then exiting stage right (persued by bear).

  5. As I was reading that, it seemed to me like it William talking to you through a fog of distortion. Trying to find if the world today is any different for the world in his time.

    I love this Penny, very well done.

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