A Beautiful Lie (Written September 25, 2013)

A Beautiful Lie


While the tide keeps going out

And the mud flats grow wide

And the fog, like the footfall


Of a vaporous mountain, rolls

Into the mouth of the bay, the tall

Man, rising up out of the water,


Approaches the circle of revelers

Gathered around his daughter

As around a fire. For years


She’s been on the run, and now,

If he sees her at all, it is with tears

In his eyes, an ache in his heart


And no joy. What comfort can he

Find in her return? To him,

It feels like a beautiful lie.

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