Did you know the word familiar has liar in it?
Right there at the end.
I’m not saying this for some well planned
Simply an observation
I wonder which came first,
Familiar or liar?
I feel like it was familiar
Its not like I know the origins of language and all its complexities
I do wonder why the word liar has to be there
It makes the word mundane and—
I can’t help but feel bad for familiar
Its not like it chose to be that way
Maybe its just making me notice things
Sometimes I feel like a liar.
Even when I haven’t lied
When I keep things to myself or brush something off as
I wonder why humans do that,
Perhaps it because lying is familiar
The expected, go-to, scape goat.
People lie to keep the peace
Prolong the inevitable.
Truth is inevitable
Familiar is subjective
And lies are
Still, I feel at one point or another
Warm hugs can become hard fist
And a home can become a hell
So, does that mean the familiar
Becomes the liar?
Kylan Carter is a young writer pursuing a BA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Fiction at Columbia College Chicago. She is a copyeditor and reviews editor and for HairTrigger Literary Magazine. A resident of Augusta, Georgia, Kylan lives with her two dogs, while writing whenever she can.