IF REAL TRUTH HAS A CYNIC’S RING
Oscar Wilde said “A cynic is someone who knows
the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
-- but what if cynics see the world as it really is..?
If real truth has a cynic’s ring,
I’m guilty of the charge;
There’s strings attached to everything,
In the real world at large.
We know false values have a price,
Where everything is sold;
We throw the dice for a large slice,
Of pyrite or fool’s gold.
We know true value’s snuffed at birth,
In this flawed world we’ve made;
But on this Earth, things of real worth,
Should need no money paid.
If cynicism is the truth,
It says how real things are;
And all the truth sold us since youth,
Is fiction gone too far.
© Richard Layton