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A Poem on Half-Truths

By Michelle LiewPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

Telling half-truths is human; there are things that we will keep from people for credible reasons. But a lie is a lie - one may be doing so by omitting the truth. 

As a teacher of teens, I find extracting the truth from them (usually about homework) a challenge. It requires clear communication, objectivity, probing when necessary and being direct. 

The two-faced Roman deity, Janus, is a perfect symbol of someone who tells half-truths. And we know how to relate to him. 

Enjoy these free verses. 


Clear face overshadowed

By form distorted




His real words flow

When we speak


To his

Lightened Lips


Words are clear

When we ask

For them

Prongs erect


His words are clear

When we are



About the Creator

Michelle Liew

Hi, i am an English Language teacher cum freelance writer with a taste for pets, prose and poetry. When I'm not writing my heart out, I'm playing with my three dogs, Zorra, Cloudy and Snowball.

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  • Mike Singleton - Mikeydred3 months ago

    Excellent words and a great deity to use to illustrate them

  • "His words are clear when we are ourselves". Loved that part the most!

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