Somewhere along the way,
I became familiar with these games
of words and politics.
Learned to play them well.
So did you.
Now we know how to smile
when we say the things we don’t mean.
The half-truth is a useful tool.
Every day, we’re masking objectives
and planning new manoeuvres
in the dark.
Although you have my respect,
you do not have my trust.
We play these games too well.
I smile at you, and remain wary.