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Learning How to Tell a Lie

Taylor Franson-Thiel

My body rejects untruth     like an unwanted graft.

                                                                   When I try writing: he     pushed me down a hill 

while I wore 4-inch     heels and laughed when

                                                                    I rolled my ankle,     I become a haunted house,

full of lies tucked     behind the horror—because

                                                            that isn’t quite what     happened. He did not laugh.

He wept, put his     face in his hands and said:

                                                                                     Why would I do that?     I am so sorry.

I don’t know why     I did that over

                                                        and over until I comforted     him, winced off the pain.

All I have is     honesty, or at least,

                                                                    what feels the most like     honesty. So I call his

abuse what it really is,     an apology. I convince myself.

                                                                                  I convince myself.     I convince myself.

Taylor Franson Thiel is a writer from Utah, now based in Fairfax, Virginia. She received her Master’s in creative writing from Utah State University and is pursuing an MFA at George Mason University. Her writing frequently centers on playing as a Division One basketball player, the body, and mental health. Along with writing, she enjoys lifting heavy weights and reading fantastic books. You can find her on twitter @TaylorFranson

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