The Lies We Know

Fresh off rejection from a reputable literary magazine, I give you The Lies We Know.

The Lies We Know


Knowing lies told

concurrent with

the televisions’


three-piece suited

viceroy.

He with his news


paper and faint

red lipstick on

his collar. She


smelling of

foreign cologne






all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price. February 29th, 2012.



Please note, rejection is part of being a writer and happens a lot!
Each rejection just brings me one step closer to my next acceptance.
I was happy to share this with you!

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot newused car


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks a lot dgh. I appreciate the comment and the sharing.


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newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

Really Interesting


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Rejection might not have been expressed in such a poetic way for sure to welcome next acceptance in such bold style I think !!!!! Cheers to your attitude and thanks for sharing this one. Votes all up way and sharing to the world.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Hey frank... thanks!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

Clever and creative man...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

raci, I suppose it matters what foreign substance it is :-) Thanks for reading and commenting!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

hahahaha...i just wish they don't resort to that thing...a foreign substance is not good for the body...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

onlooker... no vengeance at all :-) I appreciate the visit and the commentary. Much appreciated!


onlooker 4 years ago

arrrgh..out for vengeance are we? =) Funny! yet you always seem to have hidden depths..am i lost or do i try and look at things too deep?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much, Vellur. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

This is good. You bring out true meaning with very few lines. Powerful meaning bang on the face. Great writing.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

indeed, pmc. I tend to look at each rejection as bringing me a step closer to my next acceptance. I try not to take it personal... because it's not. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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pmccray 4 years ago from Utah

As a writer or artist of, any kind, most are sensitive souls, but must develop a thick skin. It's par for the course, you must continue to plug on my friend.

Voted up, marked beautiful and interesting.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

drtruthman, thanks so much for the kind words. I'm certainly not down about it. I was more sharing it as a statement of fact then of anger or sadness or anything. I'm glad you enjoy my work!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lol. thanks B Malin!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Gypsy, i'm not sure u they get thousands of submissions every month, and only publish ten :o)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

mary, no problem i apppreciate the revisit. If you're interested in writing poetry, you may want to read some of the hubs I've written on the subject. The two best way to get better at writing poetry though are to read it and write it :-) Thanks again for reading and commenting!


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Drtruthman 4 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

Wow, interesting poem PDXKaraokeGuy. For rejected poem, it sure does bring out allot of followers. I wouldn't think twice about it. You write some very creative pieces with flare and a unique style.Everyone on Hub seems to enjoy your work as do I so hang in there. Good job. I voted UP all across. Lee


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b. Malin 4 years ago

And that Sums up our World of NEWS...


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up! A lovely, lewd little piece. Wonder what foreign cologne smells like.... Anyway sorry it got rejected. What did they want a new Shakespeare???


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Just wanted you to know I came back and reread your poem. I understand it much better now. You are a true gentleman to take my previous comment so graciously. I'm going to read more of your work. I try to write poems, but I am sorely lacking in that department. I am more of a "roses are red, violets are blue" person, I'm afraid. Goodnight, friend.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Alastar... I'm not worried. I was trying to give the piece some sort of introduction :-) Rejection happens. Each rejection takes me one step closer to my next acceptance.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ruchira. Thanks. yes :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Katrine. I agree


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Mary... I appreciate your comment. I actually find it easier to understand shorter poems and my poetic philosophy is generally to capture and describe and image, mood or feeling in as few a words as possible. I do write longer poems on occasion, but I generally only like to read and write short ones.

When I have trouble understand a poem, I read it line by line. if i don't understand certain words, I look them up. I try and figure out what each line has to say. Some are easier then others. It's just a matter of taking your time and paying attention :-) it's hard to do on hubpages sometimes. I hope this helps. Thanks for your comment!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Michele... stuff gets turned down. It doens't mean it's good or bad, there's just only so many pieces that can get published.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Aurelio!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

pickles... I appreciate that very much. Glad you enjoyed this!


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Too bad about the rejection Justin. Just remember how many some of our greatest writers got at one time. Your poem has a strong basis in reality, more than a lot of people know.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This is so weird -- I could've sworn that I've commented on this hub already. Well if this is a duplicate, please delete. But I think this is becoming too common a site in the news nowadays. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

haha...I like Linda's comment...someone has been naughty ;)


KatrineDalMonte 4 years ago

You know what, if anyone wants to cheat then fine, but at least they should try to do their best for others not to notice! Like a stealth...LOL, a lot said in a few words. Voted up.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I mean no disrespect here, but I wish you had included some more verses, so I could understand this poem. Maybe I'm just too literal. Sometimes I just don't understand you learned poets. My dumb!!!


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Interesting, even though it is short, it does not matter. don't know why it was turned down. It is understandable even with a few word. That makes it good. Thumbs up.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Sadly, an all too common site on TV nowadays. Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Got a good laugh first thing this morning! Dirty little secrets. Well written with a few strong and telling words. Vote up!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you boomer nurse


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

wow, karn. that's a pretty dramatic reading :o)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Congratulations on the two acceptances, that's awesome.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

nasty, nasty! juicy, juicy! Loved it!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Happyboomernurse, I've been published twice and am now starting to get rejections. I'm finally starting to feel like a writer :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Flash.. I wasn't trying to tell them off... I just really wanted to share this with someone :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you Marcy. Those are very kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed this!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Rebecca, I've been hearing Ogden Nash comparisons but I don't read enough of him to know if that's a compliment or not :-)

This poem used to be twenty lines long, but, after work shopping it, it was determined the last nine lines were unneeded. I kind of like the last stanza being short and ending with no punctuation. Thanks for commenting!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Audrey!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Billy, thank you!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

tim2rite, i don't watch the show, so, I coulnd't say, but i'll take your word for it :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Angela... you win some you lose some.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Kelly... indeed :-)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Linda... so it would seem :-)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Never forget: almost all great writers have a box filled with rejection notices.

I enjoyed this suggestive poem. Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing it on HubPages.


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Well you told that reputable literary magazine off.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I love it - you packed a lot of suggestive information into just a few words! You are great with this sort of technique! Thanks for sharing it with us! Voted up and awesome (as usual!).


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Hmmm. Kinda reminds me of an Ogden Nash poem for some reason. I like it. Maybe make it longer?


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Busted! Loved this Justin!! Sharing!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well at least you were rejected by a reputable magazine...there must be a fascinating story behind this. Great job! Not sure how you said so much in so few words but great job!


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time2rite 4 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

A funny, but all-too-true happening in many households. I had to snicker though; sounds like a moment on "Desperate Housewives".


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Oh, my -- can't imagine why anyone would turn this one down - loved it and voted up! Best/Sis


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Now that's a switch - usually it's the male associated with perfumes! Lol.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Uh oh, someone has been naughty.

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