Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I really want to get this right

If the conversation never arises,
   (Hey, I noticed you don't drink;
    so, what's the deal?)
does not offering up the information
   (Oh, just in case you were wondering,
    I'm an alcoholic.)
count as a lie by omission?

Does "honest to a fault"
   (What do you think of my haircut?
    Uh, do you look fat in those jeans?)
mean it's not always okay to be forthright
   (Did you get your head stuck in a wood chipper?
    Wow, your butt really looks huge in that dress!)
and little white lies are acceptable?
   (That hair style is really you.
    You look gorgeous in everything.)

What does the line
between honesty & dishonesty
look like to you?
Is it a tightrope walk?
Is it a balance beam?
Is it a four-lane highway?
I like you & I'm weary of a misstep.

Oh, by the by,
   I'm not really much of a drinker
      never was - social or otherwise.
   My aunt's a beautician, in case
      you're looking to change things up.
   I guarantee my ass looks big in this - 
     it looks big in everything.

On inspiration for this piece: This idea was pulled from Poetic Asides's 2015 April PAD Challenge: Day 14. "Today is our second “Two for Tuesday” prompt(s), and here are your options: 1. Write an honest poem. Or… 2. Write a dishonest poem."


Vandana Sharma said...

A dash of seriousness with a sprinkler of humour.

Jennifer Wagner said...

Being polite trumps honesty sometimes, I guess? But, if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question, "they" say. This piece made me grin!

Mary said...

Thought-provoking. Sometimes hard to know the difference between honest and just plain rudely blunt.

Grace said...

When one is unsure of the other person, the best approach may be not to say anything hurtful nor disrespectful ~ But its hard to tell at face value when the other person is telling the truth or lying by omission ~

Björn Rudberg said...

Maybe being honest with ourselves save the people that surrounds us the embarrassment of lying...