Truth is Empowerment

Truth is Empowerment
“I’m never a reliable narrator, unbiased or objective. Anthony Bourdain”

This poem speaks truth,
it does not imagine something.
it does not say,
this is what I imagine addiction,
murder, prostitution, or farming to be like.
This poem opens its mouth and says what really happened.
my mother told me years ago:
always speak truth, never tell a lie.
color it some if you must, the way you
color a page in a coloring book but
never tell a lie.
I was in a spelling bee and ended up
facing off a 5th grade boy.
He couldn’t spell “psychology”.
I spelled it correctly. I won a big blue ribbon.
I took it home and told my mother
I almost didn’t spell it because I liked the boy,
he had always been nice to me.
That is when she told me to always be truthful
my father nodding in agreement.
So years later when a lover gave me a wakizashi
I was proud. He taught me how to wield it.
Once I used it to defend my home when someone broke in.
My husband did not say,
you could have killed yourself.
He smiled and hugged me.
Truth is empowerment.
A sword is empowerment.
Spelling a word correctly is empowerment.
Truth is empowerment.
This poem speaks truth.

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry Blue Sky
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 17:39:24

    And it speaks it powerfully and well. Awesome, Toni!

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  2. Marja
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 19:36:32

    Yes they are all empowerment It is important to speak truth which can be hard as you pointed out Good one

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  3. susanstoo
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 20:15:02

    Pow! Love the narrative way of definition. The story here makes the point of truth, sword, speaking poetry.

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  4. Sumana Roy
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 22:22:32

    Yessss, Truth is empowerment specially when we are in a post truth world. Love how this poem reaches its destination. Beautiful examples are set here.

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  5. sanaarizvi
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 07:57:26

    This poem wins my heart! ❤️ No doubt truth is empowerment 🙂

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  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 16:17:22

    I think truth has a way of always winning… though at the moment lies seems to be the best way to win they will strangle you later at night.

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  7. kim881
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 16:21:42

    I was sure I’d already commented on your poem, Toni, but I can’t find it! I’ll try again. I like the way you begin and end with the phrase ‘This poem speaks truth’ and love the story about the spelling bee.

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  8. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 16:48:46

    A stirring and powerful personal narrative; a poem to read, re-read, and cherish. It is hard to speak truth to power, but I agree with you, and have done so; costing me three jobs, and two marriages. I salute your spirit and your heart.

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  9. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 17:48:14

    Your beautiful poem led me to Wikipedia to learn what is a wakizachi! Thank you for broadening my vocabulary as well as entertaining me.

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  10. V.J. Knutson
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 18:07:11

    Love this – how you have woven truth with poetry and swords and childhood lessons.

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  11. sdtp33
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 18:28:06

    a powerful poem about power and truth!

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  12. Vivian Zems
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 18:49:21

    I love it when you whip out your sword!

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  13. suzykopliku
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 18:57:34

    I like the directness conveyed here. Each line, a statement of strength.

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  14. Grace
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 19:19:54

    Lovely share and this one hits the mark – Truth is empowerment.

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  15. ayala
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 20:03:47

    Truth is always the way! Good share.

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  16. rothpoetry
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 20:53:02

    You are right about truth! It is sad that we now make TV reality shows that are primarily based on lying and deception! Truth is the shortest answer one can give. Lies go on and on forever trying to cover the last one!

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  17. Truedessa
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 21:57:50

    I am so glad you choose your own path and did not let the boy win just because you liked him. It shows strength in character.

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  18. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 22:23:28

    I like the parallel of using the wakizashi and spelling the word correctly.

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  19. Oloriel
    Mar 22, 2019 @ 06:40:06

    I think we often forget the most important thing the Truth does for us – it liberates.

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  20. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 22, 2019 @ 06:53:48

    Truth changes from person to person if you ask around, but I think there has to be a real truth somewhere for everything.

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  21. magicalmysticalteacher
    Mar 22, 2019 @ 19:35:07

    I think I’ll stick with words as weapons. Anything else is likely to get me in trouble.

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  22. merrildsmith
    Mar 23, 2019 @ 11:59:29

    The truth can be powerful.

    Reply

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