Prose - Why Does The Truth Hurt So Bad?

Why does the truth hurt so bad?
It’s what we want yet it makes us sad
The burden of our real world is finally shed
Yet we retreat to the fantasy in our head
We are unable to set ourselves free
Because we make Gods of humans so they will agree
To allow us to exist inside the vision that they control
But inside the truth we hide lest our fears swallow us whole
I tell all who I am and what I can be so they can be sure
For once they will know but the mystery will no longer allure
It hurt you that I was not madly in love with you
And yet I revealed more than your last lover could ever do
You said you loved me once long ago
But I could not respond so your heart let go
You wanted to tell me but I could not understand
Leaving you to destroy your mind by your own hand
I told you that I have never loved someone like this
And that I wanted to always feel this way when we kiss
But then you found another and told me to go
Because of you I swore there were things I would never show
I will tell you everything and throw open the door to my mind
And the chance of losing you will be better than to be unkind
I tell you now that I love you and yet I can live without you
I once told another and I lived without her too
Should I stop and no longer answer the door of inquiry?
Or should I be the only man who can answer openly?
I don’t want to hurt you but I will be free
You will understand everything about me
And when you finally understand the truth about pain
You will know that the pain of truth will bring you back again



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Senoritaa 5 years ago

Wonderfully written. Often we are so involved in the mirage of our desires that when we hit reality it hurts.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Wow! Every phrase so true. Especially: "...Because we make Gods of humans so they will agree to allow us to exist inside the vision that they control..."

Voted up and the hurting truth!


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moiragallaga 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

The truth is always such a challenging and at times, such a painful proposition to deal with, and it's always there to test us every day of our lives. I guess this is why honest people are held in such high esteem, considering how truth can sometimes hurt so badly. Wonderfully expressed thoughts Suburban Poet, your work is always such a pleasure to read.


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Painful but true. Excellent writing once again.


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pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

Very deep and meaningful. Loved it thanks.


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Senoritaa - Thank you. I think that is so true; we build up the fantasy of real love and aren't prepared for reality.

@MartieCoester - Thank you. I've done that; I've elevated people to a level far beyond their true selves because of popularity issues. If there is something good about getting older it's that you don't do these things anymore.

@moiragallaga - It is challenging. We receive so much information prior to our ability to stand up for ourselves and we do not realize the programming that is taking place. By the time we are able to truly question life it's almost too late. Thank you for reading. I truly appreciate it.

@tammyswallow - Thank you. Yes it does hurt. Especially when they tell us they are not in love with us even though we thought it was going to happen.

@pennyofheaven - Thank you. It's something I've encountered before so I write from a personal view....


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Teylina 4 years ago

Every phrase, meaningful

Inquiry? Uh-huh

Pain is better than feeling nothing

Up and, though sad, beautiful


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The Suburban Poet 4 years ago from Austin, Texas Author

@Teylina - thank you... pain is real.. so is joy.. I guess each is better than just mere existence....


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Teylina 4 years ago

Always. Tried the "not feeling" route--it'll put you in the looney bin; even if it doesn't, it ain't fun and you can't cry!

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