“What Good Does the Truth Do?” by Juliet Cook

What Good Does the Truth Do

What do you do when you find out
that trying your best to be honest
just ruins everything?

The fakers seem to score the most points
and gain ongoing momentum and power
to continually increase the stash of their own fake truth serums
shoved into a hidden closet full of pockets full of pills
bitten in half behind your back and then swallowed like candy.

Do you join the crowd of fake and grow a whole sweet arsenal
of sticky secrets leading towards your latest secret fan base?
Or do you just quit expressing yourself to anyone
except for inside your own head? Do you refuse to tell
what you really mean, how you really feel,

who you really are to yourself or to anyone else?
Does the real you even exist?
Nobody really cares anyway.

(16 lines)

Justin’s Note: Juliet Cook is a true talent. Showing a strong understanding of bitter truth in her poetry, she doesn’t hold any punches. Her poems will scare you at times, but more often they’ll leave you in tears. Read at your own risk, and I suggest you do.

Juliet Cook’s poetry has appeared in a small multitude of magazines, including Arsenic Lobster, Diode, FLAPPERHOUSE, and Menacing Hedge. She is the author of numerous poetry chapbooks, recently including POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press, 2013), RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014), a collaboration with Robert Cole called MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015), and a collaboration with j/j hastain called Dive Back Down (Dancing Girl Press, 2015). Cook’s first full-length poetry book, “Horrific Confection”, was published by BlazeVOX and her second full-length poetry book, “Malformed Confetti” is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press. Find out more at http://www.JulietCook.weebly.com.


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