Forked Tongues

Not lying outright

is far from the truth

Hesitance vacuous

barren of fruit


What never gets said

deceitfulness hides

Stalking and preying

while buried inside


The pulpit a soapbox

 lectern a mask


deceptions bombast


Wittingly fervent

the devil subverts

False implication

—the ultimate hurt


(Dreamsleep: February, 2023)

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