Michael Walker

Honesty Or Dishonesty?

Dishonesty, especially theft, causes distress
for the victim, not to mention lasting resentment.
The victim knows that their trust was misplaced,
that they misread the character of a stranger.
Dishonesty means self centredness and stealth;
the thief has neither a good conscience nor true wealth.

Honesty is the greatest virtue, as dishonesty is the worst vice.
The honest person will go the extra mile, hand in any valuables
which they find in a public place because it is morally right,
not for any reward or recognition. Not for publicity.
Lately, I have experienced both dishonesty and honesty:
A woman stole my wallet and credit cards from my home:
A stranger handed in my wallet from the street to a shopkeeper,
who contacted me, saying, 'Am I not my brother's keeper? '
I think that the wheels of karma do turn,
as I returned a new smartphone to its owner once.

-17 September 2020.

Topic(s) of this poem: life, virtue

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Poem Edited: Sunday, September 20, 2020

Form: Didactic Poetry


Poet's Notes about The Poem

My experience of honesty happened just this week. I was under real stress until the shopkeeper rang. "am I my brother's keeper? ' is a quote from Genesis. "To go the extra mile' is in the New Testament.
I think that we need the Ten Commandments as a moral code to live by.
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  • Darwin Henry BeuningDarwin Henry Beuning (9/21/2020 1:58:00 AM)

    Michael,
    Very true! !

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (9/20/2020 10:03:00 PM)

    Thanks Rajnish. I think that is the way the world works (karma) . Micyhael.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (9/16/2020 11:12:00 PM)

    Thanks for this thoughtful analysis, interesting episode and insight. Somebody once told me: Do the best to the world and the best will come back to you.

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/16/2020 9:21:00 PM)

    I like this little poem. It is succinct and to the point. It makes a good point that deception and dishonesty is putting one's self before others. The two incidental rhymes are nice.

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