Why we lie

“An honest answer is like a kiss on the lips.” -Proverbs 24:26

Why we lie
was the name of a magazine article
sitting on a shelf as I waited in line.

A younger version of myself
might have turned through the pages of the article,
secretly hoping to find a new answer
for all the lies I have been told.

As if the article could reveal
all the corresponding truths that were never spoken
or fill the hole created by each stretch of truth,

the distance that opened between us
that was also a pit of disappointment and hurt,
sometimes too wide to be crossed.

But then, I have told my fair share of lies,
turning to kiss on the cheek and avoiding eyes,
instead of being truly seen.