An Exhibit at the Bronx Zoo

“Integrity is telling myself the truth.
And honesty is telling the truth to other people.”
-Spencer Johnson

I remember seeing an exhibit
at the Bronx Zoo when I was little.
It promised the world’s most dangerous animal.

My young body tingled with
wonder to know the creature
kept in that cage.

What will you see
when you peer
in the cage?

Look in if you dare.
The answer lies in the mirror
with the painted bars.

Perhaps a few healthy cells
yet live in your black heart
with which to scratch out

a few sour notes on
a tone deaf conscience.
Probably not.

What do you call it
when you lie to yourself
and everyone else?

Sleepless nights
haunted by the shades
of your victims.

They never go away
because, being ghosts, they
can not hear your lies.

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