do you ever listen to the words you speak?
do you mean what you say
or are you lying to me?
I want to believe you –
but how can i be sure of what you say?
nothing hurts more than a lie
and i’ve been wounded by lies so many
times that I deserve the purple heart –
not for bravery – but to replace
the heart that I once had.
written by me 7/7/1967