The Lies by Victoria Sullivan

The Lies by Victoria Sullivan

You can check out a video of the author reading this poem over on the Unchained Media Scotland Facebook Page by clicking here

We’re supposed to believe the wise
Those guys in ties
And scientists that analyse
But they wear a disguise
And your loved one dies
Without any goodbyes
And you know it’s all lies

Those in power deceive
They make people believe
Wondrous words that they weave
They’re relieved when you grieve
They get a reprieve
And they never leave

When you realised you’re betrayed
Your faith starts to fade
In promises made
And taxes paid
The things they forbade
The laws that they laid
While at home we all stayed

Those lies are all thrust
Down our throats and we must
Obey and respect to earn our crust
Or go bust
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
They’re all unjust
Then you realise with disgust
and you begin to adjust
You’re no longer even fussed
There’s no-one you can trust.

About the Author

I was born in Dundee but emigrated to South Africa in my childhood. I’d have to say my upbringing there had a lot of input into my views on how inequalities need to be set right now. I always had a passion for writing but never did anything about it until I did an Open University degree (while working and being a single parent). I wrote a lot of poetry at that time as well as some short stories and plays. A few poems were featured in anthologies and I had some success in a local competition with another. My poems were fuelled by sadness or hurt and when life got happier and I met someone and got married the need to write kind of hibernated. Until COVID came along. I work for the NHS, I am part of my health board’s headquarters in the Chief executive’s department and had the both frightening and fascinating privilege of being privy to all the decisions being made and ways the board was handling the insane situation we found ourselves in. So I wrote, and wrote and wrote. I’ve now written 7 lockdown poems (plus another one written tonight). These led to a few more commissioned poems for funerals, businesses and family. It’s been a tough time and I feel pretty emotional much of the time so it was a good way to vent that. I’m amazed with how well they’ve done and very pleased people find them as touching as I do when I write them.

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