Sooth-Said

He tells himself a story:
“I am great. I am wise.”
There will be truth in that story.
What though, it’s only lies.

He listens to his story:
“You are great. You are wise.”
And he believes his telling.
What though, it’s only lies.

He walks his way through living:
Thinking “great”, thinking “wise”;
Taking on the mummer’s role.
What though, it’s only lies.

The people see his coming:
They see great, they see wise.
They beg him for a sooth-say.
What though, it’s only lies.

He tells to them a story:
He speaks great. He speak wise.
They stand there all enraptured.
What though, it’s only lies.

They see his words a-happening.
His words great. His words wise.
They see his sooth a-passing;
what though, it’s only lies.

They tell of him a story:
“He was great. He was wise.”
There is truth in that story.
What though, it’s only lies.

About the Author

Orla McGovern

Orla McGovern is 17 and attends Presentation Seconday School in Loughboy. She enjoys reading fantasy in particular but will dip into other genres as well. She also enjoys video games, but books are her main interest. Orla has had work previously published in Words to Tie to Bricks, which was part of the writing course in CTY Ireland 2013. She mostly writes poetry but has also been known to write a bit of prose here and there. She has twice appeared in Rhyme Rag.