Where Is Honesty? – A Poem

For a variety of reasons, including hearing the songs Honesty by Billy Joel and Grounded by The O.C. Supertones in the past week, the subject of honesty has been on my mind lately. (Click the links if you want to hear either of these songs on YouTube.)

This is my offering for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub today. You can head over and check out some other great poetry, too, if you like.

Where Is Honesty?

David cried out to God, saying
“And in my dismay I said,
‘All men are liars.'”
But still he trusted in the Lord.

Jesus said Satan
is the father of lies
there is no truth in him.
If we deny we have sinned
there is no truth in us.

Billy Joel sang
“Honesty is such a lonely word.
Everyone is so untrue.
You can have the love you need to live.
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind.”

The O.C. Supertones warn there’s
“No truth in a world
that is randomized.
Expose the lies
no matter how they’re disguised.”

We hear lies on TV,
everywhere we turn.
We lie to God
and to ourselves.
We plan our lies –
“If she asks, I’ll say . . .”

Say what?
Why not the truth?
The truth hurts, they say.
But lies hurt more
and the healing takes much longer.

Sometimes it takes a lifetime
to find the honesty
our hearts so desperately need.

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


14 Responses

  1. Speaking of songs, this reminds me of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams”:

    Some of them want to use you
    Some of them want to get used by you
    Some of them want to abuse you
    Some of them want to be abused

    Your stanza on Jesus and Satan, and the whole issue of trust vis-a-vis God also reminded me of the Book of Job.

  2. honesty is so important.. that’s one of the things i expect from a good friend even if it hurts sometimes…cool mix of billy joel and king david here..smiles

  3. My mum always taught me that. She really didn’t like liars because she said ‘You can usually catch a thief but, a liar is far more difficult but, they always have to remember what they lied about though, to be certain not to be found out.’
    We all lie to some extent even if it’s not to hurt someone’s feelings and, if we say we don’t we are lying to ourselves but, I agree and try to teach my teen, it’s far better to tell the truth and then you don’t need to always be careful of not being found out.
    Nicely said.

    • Thanks. I have tried to teach my teen honesty as well, and I think the lesson has sunk in. As I wrote this I kept thinking of a joke I recently read: “I’m always disappointed when a liar’s pants don’t actually catch on fire.” The first time I read it I had to stop and think about it, then I remembered the old taunt, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” But they don’t – sometimes you never know you’ve been lied to. The scarier thing is when we lie ourselves and think we will get away with it. But God always knows, so the liar doesn’t ever really get away with it. Peace, Linda

  4. Thanks for another interesting read. Honesty is an ideal we all applaud, but too often fail to practise. It’s a shameful, but inevitable, part of being human I fear.

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