Artful Deception

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Derivative,
Vanilla,
Heady finish.
Drunk on power of empty words.

Painted prettier,
Rosy,
Vibrant.
Reality pale in comparison.

The Prestige,
Slight of hand,
Distraction.
Ovation for a disappearing act.

On paper,
In person:
Coin’s faces
Pressed imitation of mettle.

Hands cover eyes;
“Guess who”.
Hidden vissage.
Unseen, undiscovered, unknown.

Literary graffiti: artistic defilement.
Ownership with a challenge.
Made meaner and mightier
When the truth lies in the middle.