Santa Claus and the Easter bunny are nonsensical myths
the biggest lies our parents perpetuate
the commercialisation of spiritual celebrations

my family pounded into me that I should never ever lie
yet they espoused these mythical creatures ad nauseam
big brother revealed the truth but they continued to deny

I repeatedly asked directly and they repeatedly lied
their hypocrisy corroded my trust and respect
… how could I ever trust them again, and to what end

that revelation was a real loss of innocence
not necessarily the societal lie but the fact
that my parents weren’t honest when asked!

fulfils the requirements for NPM21 prompt 11 + 13 – a lie I was told and a mythical creature