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Tell the Truth

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

-Albert Einstein


i tell the truth

and people laugh

not because what i said was funny

(usually it’s not)

but because they believe i am joking

(usually i’m not)

they would not laugh if they knew i was telling the truth.


these people think i have a weird sense of humor

i do not

i have a weird life


sometimes they don’t really laugh

sometimes they think i’m being sarcastic

and they give me that fake har-har laugh

that is not laughed at all, but merely spoken,

and walk away

or they just walk away

thinking i’m weird

i am

but that doesn’t change the truth of what i tell you


so fair warning

if you come ’round looking for bob

and i tell you i’ve punched bob in the throat and he’s coughing up blood in the alleyway

it’s okay to laugh

but bob probably still needs medical attention


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