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Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive. . .Ourselves

Updated on August 03, 2013

Watery Echoes

Tossing pebbles into a pond

The ripples cascade outward

Seemingly infinite

As each ripple remains unbroken

Until yet another ripple catches up with it

There is a certain beauty in them

But not tonight

Tonight the ripples come from tears

And with each new drop

There's hope the next watery echo

Might be just a little different

Choices

There are always choices, this I know

But what to do when every choice seems wrong

How easy it should be to pick a path and go

Simply choose a road, short or long

And then scurry on my way

With my feet planted firmly on the ground

Or with my head up in the clouds to stay

Where there is plenty of peace to go around

Oh, how lovely that would be

Yet it seems here, there, everywhere is WRONG!

There is no place that's right for me

Because there is nothing with which to take necessities along

Deception

Deception is a tricky little word

Full of lies, mistrust, and other injustices

But it can also be subtle and discreet

Maybe it can even be incomplete

Or perhaps unintentional

It may just very well be irrational

Or it might begin as insincere

Whatever it is, whatever the reasons

Once you begin to deceive yourself

You might as well have committed treason

© 2013 Shannon

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is beautiful, from start to finish. The last few lines remind me of the Evanescence' song, "Everybody's Fool", which is in great part about self-deception.

      I love it, Shanmarie. Thanks for sharing it with us, and have a wonderful weekend!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, this is one powerful, genuine and refreshingly honest write here! You are truly a gifted writer dearest Shanmarie. Thank you for sharing your heart here and yes, we surely can deceive ourselves as to reality, can we not! However, there is one out there, who does whisper false imaginations into our ears and who wants you to give up that last bit of hope in this life, so please do not listen to that one. You know precious heart the one to whom I refer.

      You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers sweetie, just wanted you to know.

      Hugs and agape love to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Kathryn. I hope all is well with you and that you're heart is mending quickly. :)

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Oh, Faith Reaper, thank you so much for saying that! Some days are better than others. I don't think I'll ever give up hope, no worries about that. But I'd be lying if I said sometimes I don't wonder what exactly I am supposed to be doing. Somethings I've felt so strongly were dreams I am meant to be following, yet opposition is daily and I question myself often. So, one day at a time, and thank God for faith and love or there would be more bad days than good. :)

      You know. . .I absolutely adore the concept of agape love. I actually had a conversation with someone about it one night, trying to explain it. It sounds so simple, yet not. . .because it is so far beyond the human comprehension of unconditional love. Perfect love.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I know ones who believe their own lies, and it is a very sad person to be, I think there is no return for people like that.

      Interesting and awesome.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Jackie. :) I think you read that a little differently than I meant; however, I think I know what you're saying. I know a couple of pathological liars that seem to believe the lies they tell, no matter how utterly unbelievable or downright impossible they may actually be. But, by being pathological, perhaps there really is no return and it is sad, very sad.

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      dreamseeker2 3 years ago

      Interesting read! Sad too. Not sure what has gone on to make you feel so down or alone, but hope you feel better about things soon. Voted up, as it is well written and shared. : )

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, dreamseeker. I appreciate your words. :)

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      Robert A. Joseph 3 years ago

      I can imagine the forge that put you thru that pain; yet, there was a clear change, a cathartic moment gone thru, leaving the protagonist all the better! Really appreciate your style, nice piece.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much JPB. I appreciate your taking the time to read and to leave a comment as well. :)

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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Brilliant an straight forward verse. As a mason, I was asked to defend a man we all knew was guilty. It was a scheme which went horribly wrong... as I won.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The writing was awesome. The message is beautiful. I love the title saying, but you put a great view on it.

      I want to develop a little device that will electroshock me when I deceive myself. ;-)

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Very good, wrapped up perfectly by those last two lines. Voting up.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Mhatter. I appreciate your comments. Guess you did your job a little too well. ;-)

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Mr. Eric. Always a pleasure to see you here. Lemme know when you invent such a device. I'll gladly push the shock button for you. :-D. Just kidding. You're like an all loving hippy that couldn't even deceive himself.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much, Wayne! I haven't forgotten about you. Just haven't been able to read hubs lately.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and leaves much food for thought.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      shanmarie,

      Hey! I LOVE THIS POEM! I love the way in which you divided into three stanzas, each with the most appropriate title. I love how you wish for the tear to act, react the way the ripples in pond do. This definitely a favorite. Voted Up/Shared.

      Best to you,

      Kim

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      This is truly beautiful, Shan - in every respect. Its honesty is transparent and simple, understandable in the picture it paints;- yet hopeful in its very honesty. Really one of your best ever.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      self-deception...sadly rampant, i fear! Your voice here is strong and clear, my friend - your words speak truths! The hard choices are just that- hard. The right path? Same!

      Self-deception - easy and painless..

      If doing the right thing were easy - everybody'd be doing it, eh?

      well done, sharing..

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thank you, Eddy. Hope you have a great week.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Kim. So glad you loved it. Hope to have time to read more of your hubs soon.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Aw, Nellieanna, those words are extra special coming from you! Thanks so much.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Leslie, I miss your writing. I shall have to visit your blog soon.

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      Lurana Brown 3 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Wonderful, expressive writing! Wishing you all easy choices and good times ahead.... :-) ~Lurana

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi, Lurana! Good to see you! Thanks for your well wishes. :)

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