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Beautiful Lies

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Beautiful Lies

Stark truth can be unkind and hard to hear,
Not always the best choice for someone dear.
A child who is not blessed with pulchritude,
Need not be told, that would be very rude.
If you must lie a bit to make her smile
That little lie may well be worth your while.
You may just find that tiny slip from truth,
When you have said the fairy has her tooth,
Will not be held against you in the end
Nor force you those wide stair steps to descend.
A lie that’s told for lovely, good intent
Is better than the truth with malice sent.

Weigh out your words is my heartfelt advice,
For sometimes truth is not extremely nice.


A Shakespearean sonnet written in Iambic Pentameter


Philosophical theme

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  1. Date: 2/28/2014 6:56:00 PM
    I was very impressed by this poem, Joyce. And, I agree with every word of it. There are some things that our children are better off not knowing! A very nice write, Joyce. Congratulations on your win, as well!...Thank you so much for the kind congrats on my poem. :)

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 10:14:00 PM
    Words of wisdom to live by. It is a very nice sonnet, in fine meter. It was my pleasure to read your poem. Blessings! Christopher

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 5:38:00 PM
    Joyce a great message you've written in your wonderful sonnet. So true, so true. Congratulations on your fine win - Connie

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 4:52:00 AM
    Congrats on the fine win. enjoyed the fine metrical composition,joyce

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 4:14:00 AM
    Joyce, , congratulations on your wonderful win - SKAT

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 3:08:00 AM
    - Contest judged: 2/24/2014 - Impress me - V (Old / New) Sponsored by: Giorgio A.V. - Congratulations on your winning poem - Pleased to read your poem, Joyce. - nice to join :) - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 4:40:00 PM
    Hello Lovely Joyce ' congratulations with your sweet win 'take care~SKAT

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 9:09:00 PM
    JOYCE, thank you for giving me the second chance in viewing this one for my contest...CONGRATULATIONS!!! Always & Forever ;-) LINDA

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 4:37:00 AM
    Excellent advice that stems from years of experience Joyce. Fantastic write in this flowing sonnet. Loved the last four lines especially a lot. Fave!