Don’t Keep Up with the Joneses

Lessons from Marion’s long distance race with the truth

She lost her medals and lost face.
She also lost her pride.
It is such a sad ending
to fable-like fame
because she both used
and she lied.

The longest race she ever ran
was seven years too long.
She ran from the truth
having kept pace with guilt,
but in time was tripped up
by her wrong.

Keeping up with the Joneses?
Don’t do it. Don’t try.
You’d be better off in the end
just to run your own race
even though you might lose
than to cheat and deceive
just to win.