Honesty is uncertain. There’s too much to know,

Which makes the world honest, uncertain

Because of all the things to know. This is why

Dishonesty, appearing to know, and winning

Over shy uncertainty with its bold act,

Runs things, trampling on honesty and tact.

But if there were not so many things to know,

If there were not so much uncertainty and honesty,

The world would not be fraught

With so much swift dishonesty. Because I was fooled

By your certainty, I was ruled

By your certainty; and you, by my certainty;

Uncertain pilots—but somehow we flew.

We loved completely and dishonestly,

You betraying me, and me betraying you.

This was how we loved. And this was all we knew.



  1. tomwest2014 said,

    January 5, 2020 at 3:44 am

    Very interesting Tom. Well done. But your tone always seems to be of cynicism and disappointment. Have you bright and optimistic feelings to express? I hope so. Much love, Dad

    • thomasbrady said,

      January 5, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      It’s the nature of poetry to be sad—because if we were happy, poetry wouldn’t be necessary. Poetry is like any record: counting money, for instance. Only those who mistrust, count money. Poetry is the expression of sadness and fears. Beauty is the only thing which redeems it. Poetry cannot “talk” itself out of that which it essentially is. But it can be sadly beautiful.

  2. Desdi said,

    January 5, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    MSM: just die!
    We don’t need the Fake News spin.
    Reality’s here.

    Medo-Persia smacked!
    Hornets’ nest is buzzing now.
    Don’t believe the hype…

    • noochinator said,

      January 7, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Here’s a wonderful comment I was lucky enough to see on New Year’s Day:

      I liken the academic/media empire to the Roman church on the eve of the Reformation — smug, self-satisfied and corrupt. They truly believe they have the whip hand, and they have had a 100-year run of success, dating from Wilson’s era. But it ain’t over until it’s over, and technology has given us all a way to fight back. McLuhan wrote “Information wants to be free” — free of restraint, free of cant, free of manipulation by self-satisfied elites. The fact that this article can be written, read and responded to makes my point.

      • Desdi said,

        January 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

        Between the Mockingbird Media and Neocon chickenhawks of the industrial-military complex, it is hard for a bird to know where to land. I like your “eve of the Reformation” take on things.


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