The Lie

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Art begins with a lie
 The separation is you plus me plus what we make 
 Look into lightbulb, blink, sun’s in your eye

I want a rare sky
 vantage point free from misconception 
 Art begins with a lie

Nothing to lose, spontaneous rise 
 of reflection, paint the picture
 of a lightbulb, or eye the sun

How to fuel the world, then die 
 Distance yourself from artfulness 
 How? Art begins with a lie

The audience wants to cry
 when the actors are real & passionate
 Look into footlight, then feed back to eye

You fluctuate in an artful body
 You try to imitate the world’s glory
 Art begins with a lie
 That’s the story, sharp speck in the eye.

© Anne Waldman