Tag Archives: Honesty

People have their games & I’ve got mines!!!

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I no longer get upset when People run Game…
…it just shows their insincerity, they’re lame…

…So, let them play their game, cause I have mine…
…I never rush to make moves, I just take my time…

…When I get turnt- up, there’s no slowin’ me down…
…I laugh at the come-up of the Derelict and Clown…

…People wanna be successful, by trying’ to ruin you…
…but, I’m always able to keep em lookin’ like a Fool…

…So, with no further adieu, let the Games begin…
…be prepared to lose, cause I always play to win.

Gareth Bryant/2014

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Gareth Bryant vs. Humza Oza:

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Author’s Note:
Every month I’ll be conducting a Poetic-Challenge, challenging various poets, whom I personally know/interact with, just for the sake of sharpening/improving my own poetry, general-goodwill, respect for my fellow “Brethren of the Paper & Pen”, and to just see who from among us has the best “Poetry-Skillz”…Every month, I’ll be picking a brand-new Poetic-Challenger, via Facebook/Twitter, to compete with. This month, it’s Humza Oza. Next month, it could very well be anyone of you. So, just be prepared, with some fresh-rhymes.

Topic: Honesty

Gareth Bryant

Gareth Bryant

I’m not the Man You think You see:

When no one’s around, no one to hear the ways my inside voice sounds…
…There I am, in the dark, far apart from others, with only me & my wounds.

These scars of my heart that bleed not red blood, but, crimson emotion…
…I often think of my past hopes ruined, as if shrapnel from an explosion.

The complexities of my self-made travesties tend to keep me up all-night…
…Regretting what I didn’t do or should’ve done, only intensifies my plight.

From the surface, you out there are only exposed to the glamour & glare…
…But, when I’m alone, what I see in front of me, in the mirror, I can’t bear.

I notice the ugliness of what I work so hard to keep hidden from public-view…
The radiance of my face is make-up, that I just use, to hide the real me from you.

My true self is nothing how I portray it to be; there’s so much I’m not happy with…
…Sometimes, it feels like everyone’s just against me, even loved-ones and kith.

But, then again, no one who’s around really wants to see the real you…
…It reminds them of the skeletons in their closets that make them blue.

It’s an uncomfortable reminder of how fake they are…
…They have distanced themselves, from truth, so far.

People often despise in others what they really see within themselves…
…Then they deny truth, which is embedded in the heart, where it dwells.

But, that’s the way the reality of the World works…
…Integrity, honesty, sincerity don’t have any perks.

Gareth Bryant/2013

Humza Oza

Humza Oza

Honesty defined:

More important it is for you

The things you say, the things you do

Greater than the majestic sea

The greatest thing for you or me

All on its own it has the power to save you

Its a simple, golden, all encompassing value

It has the power to help heal nations

Its one of the easiest ways to salvation

How it does this I’ll demonstrate

Lets say you have something bad to do

Go to some place of sin or do something wrong

Just imagine now your father you run in to

And he asks “My son, where were you?”

Just think if you stopped lying

And told him the truth

He’d probably weep, start crying

That would be to sins committed by you

But if you intend to be honest all along

It has the strength to emancipate

It is greater than the majestic sea

The simple concept of Honesty.

Humza Oza/2013

Stay away from Backbitting & Slander!!!

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Allah says in His noble book: “Oh, you who believe!!! If a Sinner comes to you with news, verify. Or else, you’ll harm people out of ignorance, then regret what you’ve done.”(Noble Qur’an: Chpt.49, V.6)

Very recently, I was given some negative-news about someone…the news was very vile, to say the least, and angered me a great deal, just because this person whom I was told about, I have an immense deal of respect, honor, trust and love for. I immediately pressed the person who told me of this heinous action, to ascertain whether what was told to me was in fact true or not. The person has yet to provide proof of action.

Even if this person was/is telling the truth, I could tell from their posture in the message sent, that they only intend to ruin this person’s reputation, publicly…this is Backbitting, when you tell something about someone, which is truthful, but, only to make them look bad (typically publicly). Now, if the person is outright lying, or doesn’t know/care whether what they’re telling me is the truth or not, then, this is Slander, when you tell something about someone, which is false & you either know it’s false, can’t prove whether it’s true or false, or just don’t care whether it’s true or false, only to make a person look bad (typically publicly).

Let us not do this…And, honestly, it doesn’t even matter whether the persons victimized by either Backbitting or Slander are Muslims or not…Backbitting/Slander is wrong to do to anyone, at anytime, or any place…point-blank, period!!! Now, as many of you may know, I, myself, have been Slandered, publicly, literally, last-year, by another Muslim, of being Homosexual, which is a Major-Sin, Islamically & religiously a big-deal.

I know, 1st-hand, the ugliness of Slander, Backbitting as well, but, especially Slander…both Backbitting & Slander are evil-acts in the sight of Allah, and those who purposely do these acts are thus cursed, and will incur the wrath of Allah, in the Mundane, as well as in the Hereafter. So, please…I beg all of you…don’t Backbite/Slander people, and ask Allah, constantly, to protect you from Backbitting/Slander…Amen

My thoughts on Deception:

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The Double-Life:

The double-life is in each & every one of us.
Attempting to live two lives is totally arduous.

We think that we know people so well; but, what you see is just a facade.
Once you begin a double-life path, you must at all times be on your guard.

You’re willing to do anything & hurt anyone; you have no boundaries, your soul is sold.
You’re forced to live life as a Chameleon, constantly changing, to avoid being exposed.

It’s better to be honest, which is ever so admirable.
But, you’d rather be deceptive, which is despicable.

The longer you keep the life of lies going, living a double-life becomes more justifiable.
You begin to celebrate the dishonest nature you’ve adopted, this is just simply horrible.

Do you ever wonder how hard it may be for those who live double-lives to look in the mirror?
They can’t, because they’re not able to face the fact that they’re often causing immense terror.

The double-life keeps people in the dark about who you really are.
It’s amazing how we think we‘re close to people, but we’re so far.

It often takes a lot more energy leading two lives as opposed to just one.
The game of deception may be played by many, but it can never be won.

Gareth Bryant/2011

My thoughts on Truths & Lies:

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The Truth behind the Lie:

We all want to live comfortable lies.
Yeah, I said lies…just lies, not lives.
We never want to come to terms with truths.
We are too afraid to receive an honest bruise.

We must all decide for ourselves what’s real & what’s fake.
It’s no easy task; there’s no way to tell how long it will take.

We must look deep within our hearts, to discover the oasis screened by the mirage.
So many things are thrown at us to keep lies alive; Like an onslaught, it’s a barrage.
It is often said that every lie has a lil’ bit of truth.
Lies cover truth the way enamel covers a tooth.

In this world, controlled by illicit desire, vice is the king.
Everyone has a price & will sell themselves for anything.
We all lie, to keep up in public, donning falsified appearances.
We’re ashamed of who we really are & our true experiences.

It is often said that every lie has a lil’ bit of truth.
Lies cover truth the way enamel covers a tooth.

Since people always say the truth hurts, then a lie has to be a sedative.
Bullet wounds of honesty are covered by band-aids that are deceptive.
The wound of truth never heals; it just festers into an on-going infection of deception.
The iodine of integrity is the only cure for this rapid spreading of immense falsification.

It is often said that every lie has a lil’ bit of truth.
Lies cover truth the way enamel covers a tooth.

It’s ironic how sell ourselves short for a lie; yet, sacrificing for the truth is a price that’s way too high.
Falsehood is oh so very destructive; when will we ever learn that there’s no such thing as a white lie?

Gareth Bryant/2011