Tell the truth at Christmas


Tell the truth

She told her daughter that there was no such thing
as Santa and that his reindeer didn’t visit
and eat a plate of carrots;
but she also told her
she used to be a circus trapeze artist and her dad
a lion-tamer and that’s how mum and dad had met.
She didn’t tell the truth but tell it slant –
she told it straight with a dash
of make-believe.