Sunday, June 23, 2013

547 : Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!

Sunday Whirl (Wordle #114) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.  

The words this week are:  

tracks, edge, files, lie, mess, complex,
gas, forest, still, pale, answers, class

Liar!  Liar!  Pants on fire!

Children are such terrible liars.

The lies they tell are so transparent
And create a mess of loose ends:
Wrong tracks,
Muddy tracks, 
Back tracks, 
Side tracks,
That lead you beyond 
The edge of credulity.

But still, they would have you believe them
Even though they fail the basic
If-this, then-that test:
What? A dog ate your homework?
Shouldn’t you have a dog, then?

They file a complex forest of loose ends
That defy explanations
And answers to any questions 
Breed only more bizarre explanations
That make the first pale by comparison.
Oh, I see, an imaginary dog.

But they are a gas, a joy to watch, 
And in a class of their own.

Adults, on the other hand—

Well, they are no better.

© J Cosmo Newbery 2013

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  1. My youngest brother has perfected the dark art of telling the truth so it sounds like a lie. When people have challenged him a few times - and been proved wrong they stop questioning him. Which leaves him free to lie or not.

  2. My youngest sounds much like E'C's youngest brother.
    He's stealth and under the radar.
    And has a killer smile with dimples.
    Even I'm blinded by his light.
    Troubling at times ...

    This had me ROFLMAO !!
    I'm off to cuddle my demons ;P

  3. Smiles, smiles and more smiles!! I think I've met this kind!! The meter would be moving to and fro frantically!! :D

  4. I suppose you expect me to believe all that... ;)

    1. It's true! it's true! Cross my heart and hope to die in a cellar full of rats on my birthday!

  5. Yes, a class all thier own! Love the surprised look on their faces when they realized they are caught too!

  6. So true... that's no lie!

  7. Truth is a bit fluid when you are a child, sadly we cannot remain that way.

  8. At our house, the dog has eaten homework! OF course, the homework in question was left right on the table where he could reach it. It's not his fault. Ha~ If dogs could lie, would they? Do they?

    Nice piece, J Cosmo.

  9. The only kind of tracks children's lies can't create, apparently, is railroad tracks! :)

  10. Oh this brought smiles and smiles to my face! Thank you for this light-hearted ode to childhood prevarication ( and permission to continue into adulthood) Bravo!Wherein The Muse's Vehicle Goes Into the Shop For Repairs

  11. AnonymousJune 24, 2013

    This reminds me of my son coming home from kindergarten years ago. The story was so outlandish, I couldn't decide whether to admonish the lie, or hug him for being so creative. Thanks for the memory,


  12. Unfortunately true. Children learn limits and also creativity during that phase. Adults know and ignore. Sad commentary but very true.

  13. Nice twist in the end!

  14. We can forgive children for some of their indiscretions, but adults who lie, now that is an entirely different matter. Well done with the words, J Cosmo.


  15. As you said elsewhere, this isn't about children, is it.

  16. Children learn what they see...and the old adage 'actions speak louder than words' is so true.


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