In the wardrobe of my life,
I was always dressed to the nines,
Where my intentions were noble,
I was tongue-tied,
And my behaviour always upright.
But where amid the jungles,
Reside those robust egos of all kinds,
And where what matters,
Is not the noble intentions,
Of the tongue-tied,
But the crafty-slimy-sweet interpretations,
Of the tongue that lies.
And while I moan and bemoan,
In the sad rhythm of life,
I also foxtrot,
On the dance floor with the wise.
Noble intentions are long-term,
Where slimy and sweet tongue are short-term.
And upright behaviour is the fulcrum
On the anvil of a lifetime.
But good behaviour and noble intentions,
Appear as ancient,
For what matters today,
Is a crafty tongue and its interpretations.
For if you want to rise,
The gossips and tricks of life,
And let noble intentions and upright behaviour,
For in the world of today,
There is no respite,
From the chicanery of life,
To the dangers in disguise.
And while the crafty and slimy tongue,
Clamour in glamour,
Noble intentions, tied-tongue and upright behaviour,
Reap the long term honour.
By Kamlesh Tripathi
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