You say, all you need is honesty

But how can that possibly be

When all too late I realize

You prefer to hear the little lies


For truth can sting and feel bad

Leave the heart a bit more sad

When the words that reach your ear

Are not the ones you want to hear


The truth you seek is one you hope

A reality that helps you cope

And the words given so honestly

Are hard to speak and harder to see


I can learn to tell you other words

Hide the truth from what is heard

Succumb to your wished fantasy

If that helps to make you happy


But honesty is what you asked

And truth I have taken to task

But when your world disagrees

You will not hear it honestly


I would rather say nothing at all

For speaking lies is karmaโ€™s call

The truth, you would deny it

So, I will choose to remain quiet


The absence of truth is still a lie

And saying nothing an alibi

Not sure that I can live this way

Wrong in the honest words I say


Better to find one just the same

Willing to play your lying game

No real truth found in anything

False loved for the joy it brings




20 Responses to “Honestly”
  1. sudrakarma says:

    Oh man. That one hit me hard. The “agreed-upon” lies that we choose to live with every day. ; the shared delusions that allow us to get through the weeks, months, years at this point.

  2. beth says:

    Each lie we give or accept chips away a bit from our soul

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Love this poem! Great work my friend! I’ve always thought that in a relationship, little “merciful” lies are very important because one can really get sick of too much honesty…although Billy Joel believes in it…and it can really drive someone away. Once again, a masterful poem.
    All the best my friend and have a lovely Monday and week ahead!

  4. Michael Milonopoulos says:


  5. Very beautiful poem, Brad.
    It contains so much truth.
    “”Better to find one just the same
    Willing to play your lying game
    No real truth found in anything
    False loved for the joy it brings” Who wants to live like this? Yet, the answer is many. It’s sad.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom. Have a beautiful week my friend.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    I think if we want to grow, we need to hear both positive feedback as well as constructive criticism. It’s hard to give, and receive, criticism, but it is necessary.

  7. kristianw84 says:

    I love the lessons behind your poetry!

  8. joyroses13 says:

    Very good! You are right. Some say they want honesty, but its only if you tell them what they want to hear.

  9. petespringerauthor says:

    A potent dose of the truth is what we all need to hear at times. Beautifully crafted!

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