Lying literally

Between the sheets
between the lines
between the sunset
and its daily rise,
Listen, tell me
how to please
in TV news
in bureaucratese
Ingredients listed
(And those that aren’t)
Find
in what I see
in what I hear
More than
Temporary beauty
Less than
Permanent fear
Pardon me
while I sit on this fence
Between your truths
Between your lies
Finding no difference.

Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is also the author of Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa (Maisonneuve Press, 2003). Read other articles by T.P..