True Lies

 

true lies

Unless I am mistaken, (which I know I am not)
Wouldn’t that be your seventeenth helping?
Do you hog food like this every single day,
or only when you are fed free at a wedding?

Welcome sir! Again with a new escort, I see,
Oh! she’s your wife – so you hurriedly say!
Then pray, who was that pretty curvaceous lady,
frolicking and fidgeting with you the other day?

Now, don’t be furious – I was merely curious…
Don’t permit your tempers to soar and fly.
I was merely sorting out contraries and confusions,
that you unwittingly spun around my eye.

What is that oddity that hangs by your wall?
‘It’s a Picasso!’, you growl with an indignant frown.
But then, why display your abysmal ignorance,
by hanging the blessed painting upside-down?

Why is it, that before every cocktail party you attend,
you Google up ‘global warming’ and ‘N-deals’?
Is it because you want to portray your intellect,
by talking authoritatively on issues in new-reels?

Now, don’t be furious – I was merely curious…
Don’t permit your tempers to soar and fly.
My humble senses had some misconceptions,
and I was only trying to find the reason why.

Ghosts! – you proclaim are nothing but bilge,
what Science can’t explain doesn’t exist.
Then, why was your face chalk-white last night,
when HBO was showing ‘The Exorcist’?

You roar at the fallacies of the government,
and sound your doubts over their integrity.
But, I have seen your stinking hands meet theirs,
when your bribes secure their shameless pity.

Now, don’t be furious – I was merely curious…
Don’t permit your tempers to soar and fly.
Your double standards had momentarily foxed me,
but now I have realized where your loyalties lie.

I have seen you often at those funky casinos,
gambling and gyrating with an imperious swagger.
But then, why do you become so tight-fisted,
when giving alms to a road-side beggar?

Your recent gym exploits did not go amiss,
your Page 3 press pets are certainly doing their bit.
But, amidst your devotion to golf and guitar,
you still have to squat when you want to shit.

Now, don’t be furious – I was merely curious…
Don’t permit your tempers to soar and fly.
You may be pretentious and humor yourself,
But how do you fool Him who patrols the sky?

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NISHANK MEHTA  |  01.07.2008