The Most Stylish Way to Lie

I prefer the tart cranberry of truth

juiced till it barely resembles

the original, then diluted with vodka.

Or maybe it’s the alcohol of truth,

cranberry juice splashed in to make saccharine

with color and cliché.  Easy to muddle.

I used to pass out at blood drives;

the nurse would give me an Ocean Spray

and let me believe I’d done a mitzvah anyway.

Now I sip cocktails and convince myself the man

cupping his hands around my breasts loves me back.

A cosmopolitan is the most stylish way

to lie to yourself.  Believing is the key.

© 2021 Jewish Young Professional

Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash

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Written for Go Dog Go Cafe, Twiglet #229, and dVerse.

49 comments

  1. I smiled and chuckled when I read the title, considering that I know that you do not like fruit, followed by the opening line and its ‘tart cranberry of truth’. A cosmopolitan seems to be the way to go. Funnily enough, I have a cup of cranberry and raspberry tea beside me, my favourite tea. But no vodka. I love the lines:
    ‘Or maybe it’s the alcohol of truth,
    cranberry juice splashed to make saccharine
    with color and cliché.’

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  2. This is some kind of genius. I am very into your style.

    Fantastic:
    “the tart cranberry of truth”

    I love this abrupt transition:
    “I used to pass out at blood drives”

    Excellent closing as well.

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  3. Oooh, a tantalisingly tart tangy poem with an edge of sour I like. I love the hidden emotion we glimpse in these lines: Now I sip cocktails and convince myself the man / cupping his hands around my breasts loves me back. A great write JYP ❤

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  4. This is so beautiful with out of this world imagery, especially:

    “…then diluted with vodka.

    Or maybe it’s the alcohol of truth,

    cranberry juice splashed in to make saccharine

    with color and cliché. Easy to muddle.

    I used to pass out at blood drives;

    the nurse would give me an Ocean Spray

    and let me believe I’d done a mitzvah anyway.”

    Just a whole assortment of imagery, and I love it. Amazing writing!

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  5. This is incredibly gorgeous! 😀 I especially like; “Or maybe it’s the alcohol of truth,cranberry juice splashed in to make saccharine with color and cliché.”💝💝

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  6. Excellently written with a most stylish ending! I used to almost pass out at blood drives, to the point where they told me not to come back as I might scare other people…

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