Compost: When is Lying Okay?

I have a thing about lies. I hate them because they destroy trust, create suspicion, and betray love.

But then there’s storytelling, especially the “tall tale” variety, which depends on lies. However, since everyone knows you’re lying, this is the one time when it’s okay.

Like the famous trapper and scout Jim Bridger, who in the 1820s and 30s explored a great deal of the American West. He was one of the first white people to see the Great Salt Lake and the Yellowstone geysers, but since he was known as an accomplished tale-teller, few people believed him. They didn’t believe him either when he told them about the petrified forest that he’d also really seen, probably because he added bits about the petrified forest harboring petrified birds singing petrified songs.

Lying is usually bad, but sometimes it is an art form.


Haiku Friday: Arrogance

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

At the end of each month I’ll gather up the haikus in the “Haiku Comments” that meet the criteria and pick one at random in a drawing, and send the winner of the drawing one of my e-books: your choice of “Haiku for the Seasons I”, or “Haiku for the Seasons II.”

Today’s topic is “ARROGANCE.” Here is my haiku:

you regret nothing?
either you are arrogant
or you are lying

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