Picking Oranges

How to be honest and dishonest:

He asks where I have been
I respond, “picking oranges”

I know it is not what he meant, and
he knows I have not been picking oranges
in my backyard for three weeks

I stand at the fruit bowl
convinced it is not quite a lie

(Begun in 2019 as an essay; finished July 22, 2020)

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