Spy Poem: Lying by Stan Salett


Lying Is Fine
(with considerable apology and great appreciation to E.E.Cummings )

lying is fine)but Truth
wouldn’t like
Truth if Truth
when(instead of stopping to think)you
begin to feel of it, lying
‘s miraculous
cause lying is
perfectly natural;perfectly
it mildly lively(but
is strictly
& artificial &
evil & legal)
we thank thee
almighty for lying
(forgive us,o life ! the sin of Truth

Stan Salett has been a policy adviser to the Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton administrations and is the author of The Edge of Politics: Stories from the Civil Rights Movement, the War on Poverty, and the Challenges of School Reform and Beyond the Scene He now lives in Kent County, Maryland and has been an advisor to the Spy since 2010. 


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