English Final Poetry Projet – Aleana Labrador

 

 

Harmless lies

 

I told myself these harmless lies

Thinking I would win some prize

My identity I chose to hide

Pushing away my pride

 

I told myself these harmless lies

Lies – the lies that I thought were wise

The lies I traded in for acceptance

Which took away my balance

 

I told myself these harmless lies

These lies that soon became my demise

I became a sheep

And now I weep

 

I once told myself these harmful lies

 

Student’s thoughts

“Harmless Lies” is a poem written by Aleana Labrador which the main theme is identity.  This poem takes place in the first-person narration but is not in the perspective of Aleana, but an unknown character. Throughout the poem, the unknown character progresses from harmless lies to harmful lies. This transition indicates the realization of what was thought to be harmless was really just harmful. In this poem,  Aleana uses a literary device, which is an end rhyme. She describes the mind of someone who wants to fit in and be accepted. The character is aware that they have been telling themselves lies, by they are in denial, thinking that these lies can do no harm. In the first two stanzas, the character speaks about all the negative aspects of telling these “harmless lies”, such as losing one’s pride and losing one’s balance in life. By the third stanza, the character starts to realize and admit the harm the lies have done. These lies we no longer harmless they were ultimately in the end what destroyed them. Aleana uses the simile “I became a sheep” because sheep are known for always following the crowd and this is exactly what the character is doing. They are simply following a crowd to fit in and seek validation. This poem has no set ending, we are not sure whether or not the character chooses to continue these harmful lies or if the character found their own identity.

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Oh, well

Oh, well they say

Oh, well they proclaim

Oh, well there goes a generation down the drain

Destroyed by the screens that now divide us

Where our hearts rather be filled with

Its rings, and dings

Because we’re too afraid of stings of reality

 

Transfixed by feeling we get

When our photos get liked and our opinions get shared

We validate numbers more than anything now

They used to say “quality over quantity”

But oh, well I guess that no longer applies

 

Because now we follow by “the more the merrier”

Although in some cases this may be true

We’ve taken this saying and gone too far

Because since when are the “friends” upon your screen

More important than those in your sight

Since when is the family right in front of us

Not worthy of our love and attention

 

But what happens to be worthy

Is our phone’s, TV’s or any sort of screens

Oh, wait I was wrong

We do show our family lots of love and attention

In order to receive these things

Oh, well I guess we do what we need to do in order to get what we want

 

We no longer know how to deal with confrontations

We’ve gotten so used to just clicking our problems away

It is now hard to keep a face to face conversation up

Because all the confidence we had behind the screen

Is now gone and now we are left with not knowing how to speak

Oh, well I guess we no longer need human interactions

 

We are no longer living

Those who are alive might as well be dead

Yes, you have a pulse, yes you have a heart, yes you are moving

But no, you are not living

Justify your actions all you want

I bet you everyone around you will just mind their business

And sit and stair and say

Oh, well