Poem: The Computer Helps You Lie – 30/06/20

The computer helps you lie,
it’s a well-known fact of life,
the ability to dance fingertips
on keys like the Devil’s never-ending trill.
 
They fly across,
a flurry,
and suddenly, without me knowing,
fiction has taken over,
that’s welcome news to me.
 
No more disguising of one’s facts,
like bullets shot impolitely,
rat-a-tat-tat,
into the abdomen of a reader,
they no longer feel my hurt,
 
because fiction can prove softer,
than truth over fact,
the computer helps me lie,
creates a differing life.
 
A world where I can tell porkies,
they’re welcome little tales,
embraced they are
by pin-pricked ears,
lulled into a sense of quiet interest 
that ebbs and flows and swells.
 
And what say you to my actual truths?
can I reveal them, too?
Sometimes it’s better to live fictitiously,
it’s safer here for you.

© 2020 Lauren M. Hancock. All rights reserved. 
Image by 愚木混株 Cdd20 from Pixabay

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