Convenient Truths by Susan Richardson

A collage of mouths wide open with teeth showing and a display of rage
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She is a tapestry of fiction,

a cloak constructed from convenient truths.

Her sentiment slithers,

a hissing whisper in my ear,

dripping in strands of insincerity

that creep down my neck.

Her memories are fabrications,

shoved into the back of her mouth

to keep the truth from coming out.

A vain attempt

at gobbling up sorrow for herself.

I stand in the shadow of grief,

eyes filling with tears,

fury pulsing in my clenched fists.

She bleats emotion,

takes possession of emptiness,

puncturing the air with the razored sting

of a woman seasoned at doling out deceit.

She forgets I was there,

when she said my father

was no longer a person,

forgets he tried to escape

the battering crunch of her insults,

as his mind grew pale,

paper thin.

I feel the anger in my teeth now,

composure stitched to my lip,

trying to break free.

My screams never reach her.

I keep rage hidden under my tongue.


Susan Richardson is the author of “Things My Mother Left Behind”, from Potter’s Grove Press, and also writes the blog, “Stories from the Edge of Blindness”. Her poems have appeared in The California Quarterly, Ink Sweat and Tears, and The Opiate Magazine, among others. 

You can read more of her work at FloweringInk Poetry and Blogger Susan Richardson and find her on Twitter @floweringink.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Susan creates an atmosphere of tension and bitterness. The ‘she’ in the poem has been marked as deceitful – a bag of lies. Many relationships are in constant turmoil when a person is determined to live solely for themselves without the thought of those around them. And the effects of such callousness often remain for a lifetime. Do others finally break or does the rage continue to simmer?
    Congratulations Susan!

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Powerful language here…..

    Liked by 3 people

    1. floweringink says:

      Thank you so much Terveen, for your support and encouragement, and for bringing me into the incredible fold of MaticadoresIndia!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. floweringink says:

        Thank you so much, Don!!!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. We’re a nice lot here Susan……

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        1. floweringink says:

          I am getting that!!! Also super talented!


        2. I’m just a simple poet
          Nothing super tal
          Basic and simplistic
          Nothing false, ba-nal

          I leave the super-talenting to others…..

          Liked by 1 person

        3. floweringink says:

          You make people laugh and think; not an easy thing to achieve!


  3. floweringink says:

    Reblogged this on Stories From the Edge of Blindness and commented:
    I am over the moon to be a part of MasticadoresIndia! Huge thanks to editor Terveen Gill for bringing me into the fold of her incredible journal!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Susan, this poem Kills. I love it!! Oh you are so inspiring!! Your rich beautiful language is simply magnificent! Huge congratulations!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. floweringink says:

    Thank you so much, Sarah!! You are always so supportive of what I do; I am so grateful!


  6. This poem has many attributes. There’s anger, pain, sorrow, and the need to be heard. Written with so much heart. Congratulations.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. floweringink says:

      Thank you so much, Shobana!!!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You are welcome:)

        Liked by 1 person

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