Prose - Is Fiction Really The Truth?

What is false
About fiction
Other than aliens
And logical contradiction?
What of human emotion
From experience?
The physical
A vehicle of convenience
Transporting
Metaphor
Of the human condition
As you curl
In fantasy
Alone
Drifting away
From what has been sown
But are you?
As you read
The words of another
Where does it lead?
But back to your life
The one you escape
With the pages
You think are safe
Held by hands
Scarred by the grip
You maintain on your fears
Where you trip
Into the theme
Of recurring failure
And sorrow
And unrequited prayer
You believe
Another man’s words
Of a made up world
Can provide the guards
Between you
And the truth of misery
So you read fiction
And escape into his reality
Is it sadder than your own?
Is that what you need?
To know an alien cries
And that they bleed?

This was brought about after a comment or two with emichael....

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Your poem raises an interesting question. Fiction is about the inner lives of people--sometimes mirroring our own inner life--Very nicely done!


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Hound Cat 4 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

Deep commentary about the hidden meanings behind fiction. There is some inside truth to fiction and there is the existence of fiction in what is told to us as truth. Voted up.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

I am contrasting the physical appearance and abilities of aliens which of course require a vivid imagination (Avatar for instance) and the emotions of humans which are imputed into the aliens... we are unable to imagine new emotions. Or at least I can't. But I can imagine flying or having super-human strength or a grotesque face or something of that nature.... so as we read fiction we find ourselves in fact reading what the author has exprerienced and in the end it is actually not fiction because we can relate...


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chrisam01 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California, USA

Got my "awesome" vote! Fun and imaginative. Great work!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@chrisam01 - Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

I so agree! At times when I read through a novel I feel I am going back to my own world of misery through another's supposedly made-up world. Brilliant!


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Senoritaa - Thank you for commenting! Brilliant? Whoa... Ok!

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