Tell Me More Lies, The List Is Growing

In tribute to Adrian Mitchell (Based on his poem ‘Tell Me Lies About Vietnam)

 

 

As a child, I was always kept safe,

Though I thought I understood pain.

So hold my hand across the road,

Tell me lies

About Libya.

In the playground they said play nicely,

And at home, she said share kindly.

So hold my hand across the road,

Share your kindness with me,

Tell me lies

About Libya and Afghanistan.

 

Waking up from a bad dream,

Hop into her bed, mum would cuddle me.

So hold my hand across the road,

Share your kindness with me,

Cuddle me in your warm bed,

Tell me lies

About Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

 

Summer picnic, outdoor pool,

We’d make daisy chains.

So hold my hand across the road,

Share your kindness with me,

Cuddle me in your warm bed,

Make daisy chains with me,

Tell me lies

About Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.

 

Getting older, many parties,

We’d laugh and drink all night.

So hold my hand across the road,

Share your kindness with me,

Cuddle me in your warm bed,

Make daisy chains with me,

Let’s stay up and drink all night,

Tell me lies

About Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Palestine.

 

While their lives are being twisted,

I tell myself I’m stressed,

And that I should lay down,

Because I deserve a rest.

So hold my hand across the road,

Share your kindness with me,

Cuddle me in your warm bed,

Make daisy chains with me,

Let’s stay up and drink all night,

Lay down and rest with me,

Tell me lies

About Libya, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Palestine and Iran.

 

 

 

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Kirstin Maguire is a London based writer who has had poetry published in numerous journals and magazines, including Every Day Poems, The Guardian, Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, I am not a silent poet and Cannon Poets. Her first collection ‘The Sketch A Day Poetry Book’ was a collaboration with Artist Jane Moore. Published by Alba and released in February 2016, the book is available to purchase on their site – http://www.albapublishing.com/

 

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