We have all lied…

I was asked, how are you?

I said, ‘fine’, thank you.

But I knew I wasn’t fine

I knew it was not the appropriate response.

‘Not fine’, would have been the right answer

I knew it, yet I said the wrong thing.

So I lied.

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Why?

I shouldn’t have

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How do I reveal to you, my dear friend?

That things are not what they seem

That like the Chameleon that changes its skin colour

I wear a camouflage

I shield myself in a mask

Wink, smile, laugh and dance

Because the truth is hard to tell sometimes

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How do I tell you that I ate Fufu?

And not Spaghetti

How do I tell you that I ate Pap and Akara Balls?

And not bread with omelettes

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How do I tell you that I borrowed money?

To buy the Aso-ebi

And didn’t pay cash and carry

How do I tell you that we are yet to pay the kids school fees?

And that I am worried sick of the consequences

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How do I tell you that he slapped me?

And that the dark goggles I wear

Is not fashion but a façade

To disguise my red eyes and dark patches

How do I tell you?

That I had cried my heart out

That sleep eluded me

Because I was caught up with emotions

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How do I tell you?

That jealousy and envy has eaten deep into me

Because life smiled on you

While my fortune is still sleeping

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How do I tell you the truth about things?

 Tell me, how do I tell you that I detest peace?

That planning and plotting evil is my past-time

How do I tell you that the explosions and bombings

Are my handiwork?

How do I tell you the dark side of my heart?

How do I tell you?

The real me

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Our responses never reveal our inner flaws

We hide the bitter truth

And affirm to the contrary

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Aren’t we all liars?

Aren’t we all pretenders?

Wrapped up in false smiles

And in varied subtle ways

Say ‘Yes’ when we meant to say ‘No’