Always Been, Always Will Be Honest

Always Been, Always Will Be Honest
Always Been, Always Will Be Honest

I’ll testify to no more than a modicum of sin
when I were a lad and mischief was in,
I guess my mother taught me well,
the values I now uphold, in morality.

I could never steal, or even rob someone
of a place in a queue, let alone be a thief,
as bald faced lying is a grief I cannot abide,
so guilty I’d be, a blinking neon sign.

It’s engrained within, my mother’s values well set,
and it has served me well in life,
a straight shooter, no slight of hand
to net me some advantage, in the stakes of economy.

Rather I had to work for it,
and even then money served no real purpose
other than survival, none of it to rival
my artistic pursuits, gratification from expression,
never a pay check.

I guess I’m somewhat displaced in life,
not power, not wealth or position to drive me,
just a free spirit in expression, art my joy
and a spiritual life my meaning and purpose.

I’m so straight, that line can never break,
for as much as I want to be bad,
its just not in me, a frustration I have to accept,
and bereft I am from action, my sometimes dark thoughts
just that, alone.

Neither considered nor contrived,
I am what I am and can’t be anything else,
criminality just dumbfounds me, and liars I cannot abide,
for I think that honesty and openness is nothing to hide.

As much as I like to let my hair down
and stretch the laws for gain or comfort,
I’ll be a good guy til the day I die,
and that is a certainty, no change possible.

Boring you might say, too tediously straight,
yet that is what I make of a positive life, and I try not to judge,
allow others to do their thing and not divulge,
and I’ll smile at their trickery, but know its not for me.

Instead I view with interest the many kinds of thought,
that drive a person to such different ends,
and although a deviation would thrill me,
I cannot betray who I am.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

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