The Difference Between Lie and Lay
by Ronald Wallace
In truth, my students don't know it, although|
the consistency with which
they all get it wrong
might argue the obligatory lie.
For all my rants of transitive/intransitive,
it just never seems to stick: I can lie
and recline till I'm blue in the face, say lay
makes lover turn object, my
off-color joke lying
flat on the desk between us, laid
bare there in what might be a lie.
So much past and past perfect have laid
lain to rest, that - no lie! -
I might as well be just a lay
person lost in my own grasp
of correctness. Hell, even our
President, whenever he goes "nuculer,"
can't keep his grammar straight,
as he and his acolytes - no students
of truth - lay on us lie after lie.
Copyright © 2008 - Ronald Wallace
Published: 6/19/08 · Author's Page · Next Poem