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Call it what you want

By Judey Kalchik Published 7 months ago 1 min read

blowing smoke

baseless flattery

outright lies

‘It’s my favorite!’

‘Have you lost weight?’



‘It will be different this time’


‘You can trust me’

burn me once

‘You know I love you’

butter wouldn’t melt in your mouth



empty promises

‘No one does it better’


wait until next year

‘I didn’t mean it the way you took it’

well bless your heart, honey







gibbering rubbish


I've got news for you- it don't smell like roses to me anymore.

Dress it up and call it what you want- it smells the same.

Smell it once and you can smell it again a mile away.

News Flash: I'm not attracted to that smell anymore.


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Judey Kalchik

It's my time to find and use my voice.

Poetry, short stories, memories, and a lot of things I think and wish I'd known a long time ago.

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  • Thavien Yliasterabout a month ago

    Reminds me of Jeff Goldblum's line, "That's one big pile of shit."

  • River Joyabout a month ago

    Really well done. I can see why it was surprising to you and others! I liked the bite.

  • Rene Petersabout a month ago

    This piece is amazing!

  • Mackenzie Davis6 months ago

    You got me wondering what the trigger for this one was! Long-time coming, no doubt, though. Great read; inauthenticity is the smelliest of the miasmas...

  • Meagan Dion6 months ago

    Love it!

  • An excellent rant

  • Tiffany Gordon 7 months ago

    Love it!

  • Kenny Penn7 months ago

    Oooo so good Judey! (No bullshit) This one is easily one of the best I’ve read

  • JBaz7 months ago

    This was a goody. One of those pieces where I say to myself. “Self, why didn’t you write this?” My phrase, ‘stop being a politician and speak the truth’.

  • We used to drive by the two towns where we now live & work fairly frequently on our way to meetings in other places. There's a large feedlot right next to the highway between the two towns where the drill was always the same: roll up the windows, close the vents, breathe as little as possible & just hope that you make it through before either you smell it or pass out. Now that we live here & drive by all the time, I barely even notice it if at all. I guess whether it's feedlots or empty platitudes, you either get used to & ignore it or you move someplace else.

  • River Joy7 months ago

    This is excellent. Beautifully done Judey.

  • Jay Kantor7 months ago

    Ms. 'j' - So much B.S. Wafting around of late - you are a Fragrance of Fresh air. 'j'

  • ARC7 months ago

    Good. 💩 Awesome one, Judey. Love your work itself, and love just as much what it seems to represent for you. 💙

  • J. S. Wade7 months ago

    Donkey dust! Great read Judey. 😎

  • Berry Driven7 months ago

    Good for you. B.S. never smelt fragrant to me, and I'm glad you don't like it anymore. Made me think of songs that talk about pretty lies. No matter how cute you say it, it's still a lie and doesn't change anything.

  • Mariann Carroll7 months ago

    Look like you had fun with this poem 😊You forgot , What in tarnation!!! Great Job !!!

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Brilliantly powerful!!! No bull!!! Loved it!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Yup 💚👌📝

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  • Celia in Underland7 months ago

    Love this! You captured the fakeness so perfectly *I'd call it fake as fuck and I'm bored. Or maybe, if it looks, smells and sounds like bullshit. Then that's exactly what it it. Probably, or words to that effect! 🤍

  • Jazzy 7 months ago

    Whew I have some people I want to say this to!!!

  • Stephanie Hoogstad7 months ago

    Wow. That was powerful. I really felt it, and I can definitely relate to it. Great job.

  • Dana Crandell7 months ago

    Well, there's a catchy title! It took me .853 seconds to click my way here. I enjoyed the way you laid it on the line!

  • Alex H Mittelman 7 months ago

    But… but… you know I love your writing… no one does it better then you.. I swear it’s not poppycock… great piece! And bless your heart for writing this! This made me laugh for some reason, all the different names you thought of for dishonesty. I usually call it horsesh** like my grandmother. Sometimes I’ll yell “Bull” if someone’s lying or I think they are. Or I’ll condescendingly say “I don’t know if that’s true or not… but I guess it sounds like it could be…” it depends on my mood and the person I’m talking to lol. But yah usually horsesh** works for me!

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