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The lies that build a family: II

The lies that build a family: II

By Christine Chia

Why exhume the truth
when lies are so much
more sanitary?
They are white
like sepulchres,
unlike bones,
which are grey.

My father never asked me
to be a detective;
he only asked me
to be a witness
to his distress.

I should’ve protested:
no father should ask
the daughter to condemn
the mother; it’s unnatural

like asking the child
to kill the mother;

I had no Electra complex
until my father asked:
“Where was Mummy sleeping?”
“Where was Uncle sleeping?”


Christine Chia

Christine Chia is the author of The Law of Second Marriages (Math Paper P) and a sequel, The Filial Defense (Ethos Books).

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