People live for it
For it they die
To them brings love
Then makes them cry

A word of decision
One you must know
It welcomes you in
Then it says, “Go.”

Purposeful pretense
Lovers and fools
Swear by its doctrines
Bending its rules

Children all know it
Call it by name
Sometimes deny it
Hiding their blame

Preachers and parents
Deceivers and you
Voice on your shoulder
Helping you through

In situations
It’s put to the test
The greatest illusion
Whose method is best

Gray in the temple
Life passes by
Sad if the dream wakes
And truth is a lie
Copyright © 2003 Delbert H. Rhodes

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