(1) I'm a great life guard, always paying attention.
(2) I'm a great life guard, paying attention always.
I understand that (1) is the convential way to write the sentence, but I would never write a sentence like that. (2) on the other hand has a nice ring to me, but I have been told repeatedly that it is incorrect. Is it? If so, what is the rule? I'm not a native speaker, but I feel like (2) is an 'ok' violation of traditional word order to put more emphasis on the sentence. Follow-up question: In general, am I ever allowed to slightly bend language rules for emphasis?