(14-2-1957 / Tamilnadu, India)

Sonnet: Keep Your Promises

When promises are made, keep them will you?
If not, never make promises that all;
Your words uttered must be carried out too;
Foolish-statements can bring on one’s downfall!

All words spoken must be done with great care;
A smooth-tongued man cannot go on for long;
One can’t allow the nails to grow but pare!
The tongue can curse or sing a soothing song!

Why think one thought and do another thing?
’Tis best to be as frank as you can be;
All sugared-words cannot results good bring;
It is wise to speak with care whole-heartedly.

Honor must one, the promises one makes;
Ingredients decide the cake, one bakes!

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