Tuesday, March 21, 2017

IF REAL TRUTH HAS A CYNIC’S RING (weekly poem)

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 


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