Little White Lies


Butterfly in nature

I’m gonna make it, I swear.

School by day; study by night.Β 

Another face in the crowd

filling in the blanks.


I don’t have any answers.

Defeat out of the question –

learning to love myself again.

Little white lies written in red:


I don’t need anyone else.

I’m fine on my own.

It’s not about the money.

And money can’t buy happiness.

Butterfly and flower

Who says that? I wanna know.

Poverty can’t buy you happiness –

just ask someone who knows.

And the answer isn’t in a pill.


Ain’t nobody perfect, I learned.

Paper promising more than pills –

too many swallowed in haste.

The pills thrown at the wind.


My turn to choose now

what gets though the door.

And it won’t be the hate

that drove us here – I swear.

Butterfly and cherry blossom

Β©Brenda Baker 2016

Part 11 of the series Hushed Voices.

33 comments on “Little White Lies”

  1. Wow! A very impactful piece! Your work is deeply emotional and thought provoking. I enjoy waking up Sunday mornings to your literary genius with my coffee, it starts my day in a pensive state of being. Thank you!

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  2. I am deeply honoured to be given the opportunity to emerge myself in your work each and every week. I love the simplicity and innocence of the pictures.They really tied into the meaning of the poem. I find myself still thinking of this poem even after I have read it. Thank you it’s truly an honour. Total love sissy xoxo

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  3. I couldn’t find where to comment this, but I love your poem whispers- “Let your words/free to tell” is such an amazing and uplifting line. Also your poem ‘ramblin on’- “in sanity dwells my insanity”.. this is so amazing and so true. Thank you so much for sharing once more.

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  4. I love the following line:
    “My turn to choose now what gets through the door”

    I’ve made a conscious effort to filter out the negative in my life for it’s been proven that the things with which we fill our brains are the very things we become.

    Healthy in = healthy out
    Trash in = trash out

    Lovely poetry as always.

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  5. Very good read, I like the poems that give a honest and understandable story in the ride of the words. I am going to reblog this one for you, I hope that will get a few more eyes onto your work and hopefully help to get you a few more followers.

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    1. That is so sweet of you. πŸ™‚ I try to keep what I have to say simple and to the point as much as possible. Some would probably dismiss my words for that very reason. It’s always fantastic to receive such wonderful and validating feedback! I’m honored by your reblog btw. πŸ™‚


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