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Thread: To Lie, To Lay, To Lie

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    To Lie, To Lay, To Lie

    Anyone else who gets confused by the three verbs, to lie (rest) to lie (untruth) and to lay (put down) might like to share this little rhyme I thought up to help me decide which to use.


    The feller lies on the bed and smiles,
    his hot hand he lays on her shoulder.
    His demeanour can hardly be bolder
    as he lies right to her face.

    'I lay on the bed,' he boasted next day,
    'my hand I laid on her shoulder.
    You should have seen me smoulder,'
    he said, 'as I lied right to her face.'

    'I was lying on the bed,' he said,
    'I was laying my hand on her shoulder.
    There was no need even to hold her,'
    he laughed, 'I was lying right to her face.'

    He had lain there on the bed, as he said,
    his hand had been laid on her shoulder.
    His selfish heart could not have been colder,
    he had lied right to her face.

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    LOOOOVE it, so clever are you, jen.... however... I think I dated that guy... and he lied....
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    If you are a fighter, teach a leader
    If you are a lover, touch a leper
    If this has helped you, thank you, reader

    If you can read this, teach a thinker

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    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
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  3. #3
    Love it. Yep, doggone clever and not as easy to write, as one might think. Applause.

  4. #4
    brought a smile to my face as I sat (was not lying down).

  5. #5
    To say I hate this little poem is a lie, I must say.
    Nellie

    "I have my books and my poetry to protect me
    I am shielded in my armor, hiding in my room,
    safe within my womb
    I touch no one and no one touches me
    I am a rock, I am an island."
    ~Simon & Garfunkel

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy View Post
    is she a liar or a lyre?
    Darn, I should have had a lyre or two in there, Danny.

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  9. #9
    That was fun to read. Can't shift the image of someone lying on the bed with their pants on fire.


  10. #10
    Quote Originally Posted by Phil Istine View Post
    That was fun to read. Can't shift the image of someone lying on the bed with their pants on fire.
    Pants on fire? Are we in metaphor territory here, Phil.

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