Code of Bushidō: Honesty (Makoto)

5 Nov

Code of Bushidō: Honesty (Makoto)

Lying is the act of cowards
Gutless, craven sneaks
A warrior only recites
Truth when he or she speaks

A warrior does not need to
Embellish the details
They recognize compared to truth
That chicanery pales

They relish in accuracy
Precision, fact and care
To disgrace themselves with a lie
A warrior won’t dare

And being masters of the truth
A warrior knows lies
Whenever they do rear their heads
And can see through their guise

A warrior has faith that truth
Will never lead astray
They do not feel the need to taint
With different shades of grey

They know the truth will not always
Be what some want to hear
But causing others discomfort
Is not something they fear

Through all their constant training of
Conveying honesty
A warrior becomes something
Impressive: a trustee

For trust is faith and trust is hope
And trust is confidence
Optimism, certainty
Within your common sense

The warrior does not tell lies
And will not stretch the facts
Because their honesty is one
Of their virtuous acts



3 Responses to “Code of Bushidō: Honesty (Makoto)”

  1. zendictive November 5, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    My daughter will confirm.. one of the three major rules in our home is…

    honor above all things,

    I deepy admire these Bushido code/ poems

    bows (~_~) humble

  2. A research of beer April 20, 2013 at 9:16 am #

    Fantastic website. A lot of helpful info here. I am sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And naturally, thanks in your sweat!

    • Miro April 20, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank you kindly!

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