Hearts

photo of red foiled chocolate hearts

 

 

 

 

 

Your words are like
Little chocolate hearts
Covered in pink and gold foil
Shiny and beautiful

I want to taste the sweetness
Feel the chocolate melt
On my tongue
Enjoy the sensation

Then I am reminded
Sometimes they are
A too sweet poison
Like antifreeze

Instead I hold them
And stare at the foil
Before I put them away
To be tempted with tomorrow

 

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Integrity

Screenshot of the world Integrity out of the dictionary.

Merriam-Webster defines integrity
As the quality
Of being honest and fair
As having a firm adherence
To a code of moral values

In layman’s terms it means
To tell the truth even when it hurts
To face the consequences of your actions
To own your mistakes
To apologize and make amends

Integrity is prized by everyone
Yet very few have it
Quick to disappear
From your life
Until they need something from you

They get angry
When you call out their bullshit
Stand your ground and refuse to budge
How dare you have boundaries
And self respect?

The ones with integrity
Own their mistakes
Change their behavior
Apologize for wrongs
Then work to never
Make the same mistakes again

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