The Defense Rests {Trifecta}

I remember the smooth ridges of your keen mouth.

Kisses don’t lie, lips do.

Cloaked in betrayal I bear your cross examination.

Swear to tell the whole truth?

It‘s not me, it’s you.


This week we’re asking for exactly 33 of your own words about love gone wrong.

But we’re asking that you not use any of the following words:


This weekend’s challenge is community judged.

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Kirsten is a wife after years of dating, a mom after years of infertility & a lover of shoes, words, NYC and TV dramas. A storyteller and daydreamer at heart, this is the place where her stories come to be told. Thanks for visiting.


  1. Kisses don’t lie, lips do – love that phrase… so true!
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  2. Yes! It’s totally you!
    Good one Kir. Really like the title too.
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  3. I like the switch at the end – that from norm – ‘it’s not me; it’s you.” Perfect!

  4. Ah.. that end.. the worst of lies… very good.
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  5. Kisses Don’t Lie


    Ally :)
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  6. They sure don’t lie. Nice take on the prompt!
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  7. Love that twisty last line, Kir! And the play on ‘cross’ is superb. Great piece.
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  8. The poem is great with a smooth rhythm, making me actually hear those words being spoken out loud.
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  9. DAMN…

    Too close to home to even comment – but genius none the less, Kir!
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  10. I like, “It’s not me. It’s you.” At least it’s honest 😉 Great take on the prompt.
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  11. Cut to the quick. “Kisses don’t lie…” So much emotion and truth in these few words.
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  12. Kisses don’t lie – What a great observation and your ending line is terrific.

  13. So understand “it’s not me, it’s you.”
    Funny how people become so much more suspicious when they are the ones engaged in the wrong-doing (and trying to justify their way out). Good capture of allowing us to view the emotion, Kir, as always.
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  14. This is so good Kir! Every time I come here, I’m so impressed with what you write, and this is no exception, my sweet friend!
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    • says:

      Valerie, You are the writer.. I am the dreamer. I want to take a compliment from you but I feel like I should just shower you with them, because your words are always right and perfect.

      You know it’s just the VISIT I appreciate. Thank you for that. xo

  15. We can always tell from kisses! But the last line is the perfect zinger! The title is so perfect for the tone of this. I feel like a cupcake!

    • says:

      I’ve been missing you Miss Gina. We need to catch up soon.
      SENDING HUGS, my cupcake friend.

  16. Such fantastic language and phrasing. A really brilliant piece.

  17. This is a brilliant piece. Great job following the prompt and not using any of those words. You’re so talented! :-) XO
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  18. You managed to say a lot in those 33 words. Well done.
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  19. Whoa! Sometimes it IS them, you know? I loved the imagery of this!
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  20. “Kisses don’t lie, lips do.” <—— So true!

    I LOVE the spunk and matter-of-fact attitude. And I adore the way you say the simplest things and tell everyday tales so beautifully. You never disappoint, my dear. Love your lovely words!
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  21. Wow. This is great. I love how you used a type of word play with “I bear your cross – examination.” I don’t know if you meant to or not but it is brilliant. Did you change your blog some? It looks terrific!

  22. I loved each line! Great work!
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  23. Kir, this was brilliant, from the title to the twist at the end. Very thought provoking, indeed.
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  24. Awesome work.

  25. Excellent, as usual, Kir. I loved the opening line, and of course kisses don’t lie.
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  26. I love this , but what else can I say that can describe your word play, but Awesome!
    “Cloaked in betrayal I bear your cross examination.” That was brilliant!

  27. Kir, this is fantastic. Love the line about “kisses don’t lie.” Also really love how you threaded the courtroom theme through it. Great job.
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  28. Love it, great as usual Kir. If you get a minute please read mine.
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  29. How right you are!Another excellent entry Kir:-)
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  30. Your blog is kind of being a jerk and not letting me comment. Grrr. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that “keen mouth” is just perfect. Thanks for linking up.
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  31. I’ve really enjoyed these negative space prompts. Is it wrong that I love when we’re forced out of the easy answer. You handled this one brilliantly.
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