Plying the rivers of deceit

(All honourable schoolboys and girls)

A lie
is to burn the skin
with rain
calling it sun.
A lie
is to turn the sin
for gain
calling it fun.
A lie is
the help given
to the weak
in return
for favors mortal.
A liar
is one who takes
the truth contrite
fashioning
foolishness
with its might
to savour
ghoulishness
with delight.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..