Aesthetic Realism Online Library Poetry by Eli Siegel

A Woeful Ballad on Faking Away

Drifting down the sea of Ego,

Faking away, faking away;

Postponing honesty interminably,

Faking away, faking away.


Being two people cleverly,

Maintaining narrative duality,

A thought for you, and one for me—

Faking away.


Changing story with geography,

Telling things dilutedly,

Showing no temerity,

Rather large timidity;

Faking away.


Telling of the story some,

Strategically acting dumb,

Half alive, half voluntarily numb:

Faking away, faking away.