I’m a liar. So are you. Is anything you’ve told me true? Can you believe a word I say? D’you ever listen, anyway?

We bluff our way through life’s events, Erecting walls for our defence, Evolving fraudulence to cloak, To coolly pass the bottled smoke.

We fib to mask the harm we’ve done And, lo, the cycle is begun: We lie to cover other lies, As both the stakes and dangers rise.

There’s no way out, we’re in too deep. We fool ourselves to fall asleep: Pretend the lies we told were white; Convince ourselves that wrong is right.

I lose myself in my charades. I’m trapped inside this house of cards. You bury secrets out of reach; They form as thoughts, but never speech.

Compelled, we’re destined to deceive; This tangled web, we’re cursed to weave. The truth is barbed and brings much pain. We need our lies to keep us sane.

Copyright © Ross A Adamson. All Rights Reserved.

Modern Madness

Rhymes Against Humanity

Modern Madness:Rhymes Against Humanity front cover. Book and cover design by Ross Adamson

The poem Liar features in Modern Madness: Rhymes Against Humanity, the storming debut poetry book by Ross Adamson.

Available in paperback and ebook editions, this standout full-length collection is both a masterclass in skillful, high-octane rhyming verse and a timely, trenchant indictment of early 21st century society.

Adamson's insightful 'rhymes of the times' fearlessly tackle emotive topical themes, some sharpshooting a dart to the heart of the matter, others detonating a powder keg of righteous poetic anger. This is gritty contemporary poetry at its piquant and provocative best.

Smart and streetwise, eloquent and rebellious, Modern Madness buzzes with expressive verve and lyrical charm from the first poem to the last.