Dishonesty can never be betrayed
nor faithless men, nor selfishness be crossed
The liar and the thief will lie in wait
and they stand strong, others be damned and lost
So only honest folk can be betrayed
The faithful and the selfless play no game
Their end goal is to love and then to stay
Like Jacob they will wrestle until lame
If you should hear the call to faithfulness
demanded as obligatory, flee
The one commanding will demand the best
from everyone but not upon himself, you see
Betrayal’s anatomy is not complex
Those breaking trust expect it from the rest
The goal of this sonnet is to highlight how it is that honest and faithful people end up in situations of betrayal. Those who trust are likely to be taken advantage of by those who deceive. And those who desire to be faithful to the end are likely to meet people who will play upon their emotions to call them to remain faithful, even while they are being exploited. Thus, the title of the sonnet: the anatomy of betrayal.
The rhyme scheme abab acac dede ff is a slight variation on the classic Shakespearean sonnet, which seems appropriate since Shakespeare was the guy who gave us the words, “Et tu Brute?” The second quatrain could be seen as using an aaaa end rhyme sequence, which emphasizes the fact that people who betray others will relentlessly focus on the importance of devotion and allegiance. Think the Third Reich and you get my drift. If you are feeling pressured to attain some high level of allegiance by someone who regularly sees betrayal in others around him/her, you just might be dealing with an abusive person, that does not feel that faithfulness has to be a two way street.
This is something people should keep in mind when they are looking for a church to attend. An over-emphasis on obedience or allegiance to the church or the pastor may be a signal of something wrong.
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