Obed dela Cruz

Rookie - 339 Points (October 18,1995 / Marikina City)

I Will Not Need To Cheat - Poem by Obed dela Cruz

Revised with the help of Mr. Luke Easter:

I will not need to cheat on this or any test,
Very long hours of study to be by the best,
Many praise, encourage and show love to me,
Fulfilling desires through my dreams I see.

Freedom from sacrifice yes this work is hard,
Cannot give defeat a silent chance to bombard,
I will consider these choices my right of grace,
A means of worldly greatness adorns my face.

Relay an experience through proper decorum,
Grace without wisdom defeating the boredom,
Existence is only for the better rights of good,
I doubt without feuding in my neighborhood.

We should not desire wantonness feeling guilt,
A circus big top clown I make my way in stilts,
Successful through the truth, I am rigidly built,
Bagpipes guide the masses in my Scottish Kilts.

A Pied Piper if you will, donned in holy array,
By leading mediocrity of incompetence astray,
Perfection is an art that many have lost in time,
Yet we choose to move forward if only in mind.

What good is confession when words form a lie,
And the problem is expanded from failure. why?
Where there is a tendency to accept second best,
A successful future has been solemnly laid to rest.

One familiar adage I have good and I have bad news,
The first is, this work was started by Obed Dela Cruz,
As the latter is more like American-Philippine Blues,
We worked together knowing sometimes it takes two.

So who is the monster inside, is it real or is it fake?
Is it truly taking a chance where you have an escape?
A heart beats not, without blood pumping in the chest,
Ans again, I will not need to cheat on this or any test.

Original version: original title 'I Don't Want The Feeling Of Guilt'

There! The paper is right in front of me.
And on it, an almost perfect score I see.
Seeing the total I rubbed my eyes twice,
For it almost cost the principles of life.

What face will I show in front of my friends,
I’ll not be a true man unless this test contends,
To the construct virtue while my honor begins,
If justice through love will ever make amends.

So now, I choose to tell our math professor,
A classmate mistakenly corrected my error,
Boldly prepared to face pitfall of his actions,
The whole cannot be destroyed by a fraction.

Bartered for that which was not impure? No!
Yes! Minus the feeling of guilt I chose to go,
My heart and mind clean throughout the day,
As with other mistakes this too will go away.


(this poem is the revised version - revision is done with the help of Mr. Luke Easter and Mr. Ronald Peat)


Comments about I Will Not Need To Cheat by Obed dela Cruz

  • Drtony BrahminDrtony Brahmin (8/13/2018 2:54:00 AM)

    A Pied Piper if you will, donned in holy array,
    By leading mediocrity of incompetence astray,
    Perfection is an art that many have lost in time,
    Yet we choose to move forward if only in mind...very nice and great poetry perfection, the desire not to mediocre in all that we do is the first step towards greatness.. thank u dear poet. tony
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  • Philosophy of a DewyFlower (11/24/2009 3:59:00 PM)

    a WISE pen! strong messages

    Thanks For Sharing!
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  • Jester's PJester's P (10/23/2009 2:55:00 AM)

    the poem is well written- measurement and rhythm is applied.

    and the message of the poem is of honesty and sincerity.

    keep it up my dear poet friend...the legacy of poetry is noble and ancient- the are gift of passion and devotion...

    all the best
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  • Melvin BanggollayMelvin Banggollay (10/23/2009 1:15:00 AM)

    Great write in form and structure
    with wisdom as placid as the future
    thanks for sharing
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  • Omar Ibrahim (10/22/2009 11:32:00 AM)

    it is the best of yours i think......you are developing very fast.....waiting to see you a great poet in the future if you kept developing....write more obed... (Report)Reply

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  • Jane Meyer (10/21/2009 4:39:00 PM)

    Nobody want to feel gulity. But you're right about having to have the wisdom in order to be free. Great poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Joseph Poewhit (10/21/2009 4:16:00 PM)

    You only cheat yourself, if you cheat on a test. (Report)Reply

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  • Noel Horlanda (10/21/2009 3:37:00 AM)

    a nice way to be honest, don't cheat on anything, honesty is the best policy so to speak. A wonderful write, impressed by your rhymes, strong, not forced. Excellent! (Report)Reply

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  • Antonio Liao (10/20/2009 11:03:00 PM)

    Congratulation! a natural wisdom imbued in your heart.....so real and
    life needs not but a person like you...God bless...a 10 +
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  • Ershad MazumderErshad Mazumder (10/20/2009 10:24:00 PM)

    Very good. I am inspired. I shall read more and more poems of you. (Report)Reply

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  • Raj Nandy (10/20/2009 10:07:00 PM)

    Good to know that you are a lover of truth,
    So hold your head up high, as an honest man should!
    - Raj
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  • Jacqui ThewlessJacqui Thewless (10/20/2009 4:06:00 PM)

    This would make a good 'rap', I think. (Report)Reply

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  • Marieta Maglas (10/20/2009 2:59:00 PM)

    wonderful poem, Obed, deep ideas well embedded to convey the message.......10+++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Ruth Walters (10/20/2009 2:55:00 PM)

    You have good thoughts Obed and I hope it all works out for you...

    Ruthie
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  • Emma AdamyanEmma Adamyan (10/20/2009 2:22:00 PM)

    first thank u for ur invitation. it deserves to be shown and appreciated. ur already free coz u have got a free soul. ur not afraid to face the truth. isn`t it sth ones must have to become a man of his dream? keep ur lever high (Report)Reply

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  • Almedia Knight-Oliver (10/20/2009 1:42:00 PM)

    True poem written from the heart of one who doesn't want the feeling of guilt. The fact of being cognizance of the affects and effects of guilt...the narrator will do the right thing and every thing will be fine...a 10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • John KnightJohn Knight (10/20/2009 12:20:00 PM)

    Hi Obed - whenever we do something wrong - it produces guilt. By always trying to do what is right 'We become the best' 'We become free' 'We will great and good if we make the right choices'. I love the ending 'I don't want the feeling of guilt - because of the truth I am built'. Jesus said 'I am the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE'. If we follow Him and His teaching - we will walk in the way of truth - and we will live a good life'. Nice structure with some good ryme and rythm. I score it MAX. Yours in poetry - JOHN (Report)Reply

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  • June Feir-Cruz (10/20/2009 12:18:00 PM)

    GREAT TO SEE THAT YOU LIKE TO DO THE RIGHT THING. MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES THAT IS SALUBRIOUS TO YOUR SOUL AND YOUR PSYCHE. (Report)Reply

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  • Akram SaqibAkram Saqib (10/20/2009 12:01:00 PM)

    great message of relying upon one's powers (Report)Reply

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  • Obinna Eruchie (10/20/2009 10:38:00 AM)

    Not wanting cheat by taking the easy means to do so, but wisdom tells you to be true to yourself with the faith to carry on to succeed through hard work. That done to achieve your goal, no room for the feeling of guilt to surface. Insightful. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 19, 2009

Poem Edited: Monday, October 3, 2011


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