Honesty

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Honesty

Tell me what is honesty
and I'll tell you what is true.
I sometimes wonder if I know
or if it can congrue.

If you read from Webster's book,
this is what you'll find...
Honesty: thought, word and deed
that is not undermined.

Sincerity, integrity...
straightforwardness in kind...
Truthfulness in everything
is honesty's design.

Now, this is just the truth of it,
that I can only be
as honest, at any moment
as I can be, with me.

Honesty begins at home
within each person's heart...
To be truthful with another,
requires truth within to start.

Honesty's a tricky thing,
subjectively accrued...
dependent on perception
is it individually pursued?

Tell me what is honesty
and I'll tell you if I'm true.
I sometimes wonder if I know
or if I, yet, congrue.

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Maggie-May 5 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

I honestly think this is a great poem, thanks for sharing. And, have a wonderful sunday,

MM


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Maggie May, thank you, kindly! and you have a wonderful Sunday too!!!


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

To be honest is something that I really believe in. What a pity so many people are dishonest. Great work here.


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

This is a beautiful write, Ms.tnder....I believe honesty is spoken from the heart!..voted up !


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Honesty may be words that cause the least pain. Nice poem, glad I stopped by.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

acaetnna, thank you. I agree!

weed, thank you. I appreciate your read and vote!

mckbirdbks, sometimes that is true, sometimes not. Glad you stopped by, too!


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Tweetmom 5 years ago from Newark

Amazing and lovely poem. Honesty, it is always in the gray area, subjective and abstract. Thank you for sharing.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Tweetmom! Yes honesty is a bit of a gray area and seems to shift with growth, insight and wisdom!


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Wonderfully written! Quite honestly i loved it! :)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Hatti, thank you, kindly! I am pleased!


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Pixel-Alchemist 5 years ago from Waitakere Auckland : New Zealand

That which is true within shines without, and this is a truth I find with your poems.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Hello, PA, great to see you! Thank you, I try and keep it honest and from the heart...~Hugs~


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is a deep spiritual poem highlighting how we own our own truth and as such truth is meaningless unless independent of the perceiver. I love it. You have expressed a truth independent of the perceiver by writing this. Did you mean to? Thank you.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Spirit Whisperer, this is an interesting thing, this poem. As my "Truth" is shifting, I am becoming aware more and more that my perceptions, which have been and often are faulty, are the determiners of my "truth", as you have, indeed, suggested a time or two...now this is a revelation that I didn't see coming...and therefore my definition of Truth as I understand it, is also shifting...it is a bit confusing in my head but is beginning to take shape and solidify. Alot of my writings are messages to me, through my pen, or in this case, my laptop...lol and I think this poem is one of those. Thank you!


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Bumpsysmum 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Honesty always, tnderhrt23, lovely poem :-)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

mum, thank you, kind friend!


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bellawritter23 5 years ago from California

Tnder, you always manage to leave me in awe of this thing you do..... I am stunned with this piece of truth that you told so true....

smiles :)

bella


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

bella, thank you, to be honest, I was a bit stunned, too! LOL

Hugs!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Another honest poetic rhyme, and i love your effort everytime.

Cheers


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Ruby, I strive for honesty, in all things but am finding that as my focus and thoughts change, so does my truth! It is somewhat amazing! Hugs to you!


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Honesty begins at home...had to chew soap in my younger days a couple times..hee


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Fossillady, I had a soap sandwich or two in my day too...yuck!!! Thanks!


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

I Agree With you on this 100% !!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, Christina, I appreciate it!


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Stigma31 5 years ago from Kingston, ON

I honestly Liked it! And that is no white lie...LOL Great work!


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Muchas gracias, Stigma!


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

This poem floats along like a twig in a slow moving stream, simply beautiful with a great message to boot.


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago Author

Thank you, again, attemptedhumour, this is one of my personal favorites! ~Blessings~

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