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The Quicksand of Lies

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The Quicksand of Lies

It can't be seen nor felt,
the ominous, relentless pull,
at first the path, a shortcut,  
the easy way out.
Surely, no one would know
if we stepped lightly, carefully,
through a quagmire of guilt,
no one would see.

As the sun splashed 
heated on our brow,
it singed our soul
and slowed our step, 
but no one would care
as we sunk deeper,
struggling with more lies
and suffocating
in our own insignificance
too late to cry ...




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  1. Date: 11/3/2014 7:05:00 PM
    Wonderful and lovely piece...Congrats on your win...

  1. Date: 11/1/2014 1:34:00 PM
    Incredible work, Craig.. You're truly a master poet! Congrats on another fine win!

  1. Date: 10/30/2014 10:28:00 PM
    Fabulous write Craig! congrats on huge win!

  1. Date: 10/30/2014 4:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on your great win and on this outstanding poem my dear friend Craig. Hugs and cheers! love lots, Leonora

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 9:38:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Craig. What a horrible feeling and place to be.

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:58:00 PM
    How wonderful to see this poem again, and the wisdom and truth may be an apt reminder to every one of us, .....who think that one innocent lie, will not come back to bite us! One small step into quicksand...you couldn't have said it better! Congrats to you!!

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:55:00 PM
    Congratulations Craig on your win.

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 8:47:00 PM
    Well done and said... and sometimes it's a secret that you can't tell that sends you down this path as well. Congrats on your win !!

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 7:51:00 PM
    many congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan x

  1. Date: 10/29/2014 6:21:00 PM
    you produce some deep poems, craig, and this is one of them, and it has that classical feel that so many of your poems have; I particularly like the way you've woven subtle alliteration throughout that second stanza, the repetition of the 's' sound - congrats on your win in my contest

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 8:17:00 PM
    awesome...PD

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 12:00:00 PM
    I really loved this too Craig...to me there is nothing worse than being told a lie...and the lost trust resulting and the guilt too...awesome...congratulations

  1. Date: 9/21/2013 12:43:00 AM
    wow, Craig, I absolutely love this and I bet it did well in Nette's contest too. Congrats to you. I am seeing congrats underneath here and this is well deserving of it. A fave. One of the best poems I read tonight. And I've been reading a lot catching up here today.

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 4:54:00 PM
    Congrats on your creative winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 4:31:00 PM
    You took this contest to a different beat, congrats on your win Craig, enjoyed xxx

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 1:15:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Craig. G.

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 12:26:00 PM
    Ditto with the congrats!

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 10:16:00 AM
    Well done Craig ....Congrats ...Seren

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 9:12:00 AM
    wow...love your metaphor in this piece...I always hated liars but sometimes it's good to watch them sink when you know the truth....great write...congrats on your win :)

  1. Date: 9/20/2013 9:08:00 AM
    I love the theme here, for it is so true.........that a lie is like stepping into quicksand......sinking deeper and deeper we go, until it swallows whole. Excellent!

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