We lie in bed, and I lie to you.
You say you love the clarity with which I speak,
my silent kiss whispers to your ear.
We lay last night, and I lied to you.
You said my words warmed your breath
and ran naked as night through your hair.
We have lain together often, and every night
I have lied.
And you've told me my words streamed
over your breast like silver water in the spring.
My dear, listen closely.
I shall lie and lie again. And you will say,
I love you.
Craig McVay comes from Lafayette, Indiana, and now lives with his family in Columbus, Ohio. His degrees are in Classics and English, both of which he has taught in high schools, community colleges, and universities in Maryland and Ohio. Poetry has appeared in Blue Unicorn, Everything Stops and Listens, Icon, Pudding Magazine, Shark Reef, and others.