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Thursday, February 11, 2010


by Lynnie Gobeille

Surrounded by liars
and thieves of the heart
how do you learn
where do you start
where do you go
when reasoning fails
the room filled with mirrors
that echo the tales…
You’re spinning a web
out of control....
One has your mind.
One has your soul.

Surrounded by liars
(off with their heads)
you turn off the lights
crawl back into bed.
Reasoning out
what might really matter
listening in fear
your heart pitter- patters.
The left brain knows
but the right
won’t allow it.

Surrounded by liars
and thieves of the heart
attempting to breathe,
not fall apart . . .
when evil is King
where does the Queen go?
Your love is the thing
that no one controls.

Lynnie Gobeille has published in The Sow's Ear Review, Crone’s Nest, The Avatar, The Prairie Home Companion, This I Believe (NPR), The New Verse News, The Providence Journal (Poetic License) and The Naugatuck River Review. Editor of the Providence Journal Poetry Corner (South County Edition ). Member of The Origami Poems Project, a state wide “free poetry event” based in Rhode Island.