Let us skip the predictable fable

& go straight to the obvious moral:

one pursues faux ideals,

worships false idols,

at one’s own peril


How devastating

it must be

too realise

far too late

in that split second

at the end

that the dreams

you were sold,

the lies

you were fed,



least of all



Images credit: Steve Cutts

30 thoughts on “Truism

    1. Thank you Jennifer, such kind words πŸ™‚
      My inspiration comes from everything in my life: people I meet, situations I witness, reading the news…etc…In this particular case, I saw those cartoons yesterday on a news site and they just spoke to me πŸ™‚

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      1. My pleasure lovely! Your poetry is definitely inspiring. Always so unique, every poem is different. I feel like sometimes I repeat myself or my poems are similar, I never feel that reading yours! You are a very talented writer!

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      2. Oh no, you mustn’t think that! Your poems are really beautiful, they might follow a similar line, because, that’s obviously *your* line, what you’re comfortable with, but they are not in any way, shape or form samey at all. I never ever feel when reading them that I’m reading the same thing. You know what they say about writing: you should just WRITE…whatever comes out of you is what is meant to be written. I know I haven’t got a “niche” like others who are so very good at what they do (like you!) and I feel like it is a disadvantage. It certainly was when I took the journalism course and they wanted to know what I wanted to specialise in and I said…er, I don’t want to specialise because I want to write about *everything*…my course leaders shook their heads in despair, they said I’d never be *really* successful in the field if I didn’t choose a speciality but…I just couldn’t, and if that’s a disadvantage, so be it.
        Sorry for the loooong reply, I just wanted to say that I think you’re a really good writer! lol And thank you so much for your kind words πŸ™‚

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      3. Thanks so much for your lovely reply! It’s funny I actually have never thought about having a niche! Lol before I started ink and quill, I didn’t know I could even write poetry!! Yes I totally agree I don’t think we have a choice on what we write! Lol It just comes! I’m studying at uni, writing and media; feel like I’m a little lost. The lecturers are always contradicting themselves! I think you defiantly have a style; I’d say dark and powerful, cleverly composed!!

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  1. I enjoyed your poem. Being blind and using screen reading software called Jaws which converts text into speech and braille enabling me to use a Windows computer, I can not see the image included in your post. Could you tell me what it is please? Many thanks and best regards. Kevin

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    1. Dear Kevin, thank you so much for taking the time and making the effort to read this. I’m going to try my best to describe the picture to you: it is of a mouse (I won’t call it a rat because rats give me the creeps, lol) dead in a mousetrap, there is a 100 dollar note in the trap which was the bait. There is also a sign next to the trap, pointing to it, with the following words on it: “Happiness this way”. I should add that the mouse is wearing clothes, “office gear” and there is an open suitcase next to the trap with a piece of cheese and a whole lot of papers: “annual reports, pie-charts” and so on. There is no doubt that this cartoon is supposed to represent a hard-working office worker who got sold the idea that money and success was the key to happiness…only it was all a trap, he got caught in it and died.
      I really hope the description was satisfactory πŸ™‚
      Thank you again for reading this, I’m pleased you enjoyed it.
      Best regards to you,


  2. Scary and true ! I also saw those cartoons and was greatly moved. But when one of them gets complimented by your words, they become all the more impactful!
    I wonder when that day will come when we truly realise this.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚
      I don’t think things will ever change though, at the risk of sounding negative… too many people still think that money and success are the key to happiness…

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  3. Nathalie, in my opinion you are always on target, poignant and to the point. This just radiates and oozes the truth, it’s wonderful. Your ability to see past the glitz and write about what’s relevant never ceases to amaze me, that’s why I enjoy reading your writings so much, it’s truly a pleasure! Please enjoy the rest of the week and take good care.

    As always warm wishes,

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    1. Pepperanne, I was just about to head over to your blog… and your comment appears!
      I can’t even reply to this as you’ve left me speechless…quite a feat I can assure you πŸ˜‰
      Seriously though, thank you so very much, you words do mean a hell of a lot to me – I’m flattered and humbled.
      Take care and very warm wishes as always – Nathalie

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