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Poem - Soiled Garments

A friend shared the Oscar Wilde quote, “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.”. I can’t attest to why my friend posted this, but I can share that they are a person that successfully walks the line between being dogmatically good and embracing the vibrancy of life. The quote also resonated with me. It reminded me the appearance of hypocrisy may occur when a person attempts to be good all the time, but society states they are instead wicked in the same. The pretending is then on the part of the larger group.

Soiled Garments

Hypocrisy is forced on me
gift of a larger world
no matter how I respond
it is mine to be embraced

pretending in the face of truth
this is the charge put to me
a criminal without recourse
when authority has its say

the lies are not my own
they are the gifts of other men
goodness is my quested grail
in each day I strive to realize

fallacy heaped as the result
judgment sewn as the soiled garments
I’ll not wear them if I can
“not your choice” comes the refrain

I am presented as the madman
unable to see my sin’s doom
even as I strive to be as pure
as my life would allow

society will speak from virtue’s place
state I pretend to be something else
than what I am, this is laugh
for the opposite is the consequence.

© 2017. Sean Green. All Rights Reserved. 20171003.
Tags: judgement, poem

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