You can build an intellect
Upon which you shall discern
The merit of a liberal education
Applied to that of which you shall learn
When you place yourself above others
Citing knowledge and facts you claim you know
Setting yourself up as authority
Isn’t it sad that this is what the braggart must show
Social media as an echo chamber
Test the water with politicized debate
But if you never look at critical evidence
You will only achieve a stalemate
What is morally reprehensible
Using ad hominem to attack
Belittling any opposition
Wrongly deposing any rendering of fact
When moral turpitude is not taken into account
Your only attempt is to try and school
You miss the forest for the trees
Does not the braggart remain the fool?
It takes motivation, will, and determination
And to want it really bad
But to manifest a goal in sight
You must develop the behaviors you once thought you had
As dedication and discipline
Comes with a price
Don’t rest on your laurels
Make the sacrifice
It will not come easy
You must persevere
Navigate any resistance
Keep the mind clear
Illuminate the purpose
The heart wants what it wants
You cannot serve two masters
Careful the mind does not daunt
The damning judgements
That some friends and family members make
Often disrupts a healing
For a soul’s sake
Maybe they are not all wrong
Maybe they only see just one part
However if not being careful
You can persuade a person to depart
Separation from friendship
Separation from the family
Separation from supportive voices
May lead to uncalculated calamity
Do we make haste?
Do we look beyond our own need?
Do we project our own views?
Are we open to concede?
Are you giving advice?
Are you listening to me?
Do you like to hear yourself talk?
Just put it on the Marquee
You tell yourself a fantasy
The expectation is defined
If you are able to see the truth
A reality is refined
You will never see the light
If you continue to look in the dark
How can you correct a wrong?
If you never attempt to embark?
Do you ever question your motives?
Take the time to examine your spin?
Do you always come out on top?
Does your justification always win?
By definition we are not perfect
But only some are receptive to see
The many signposts on our path
Will remind us but with no guarantee
Do you change your mind?
Or do you stay the same?
When your arrogance fails
And your vanity remains
Are you quick to point the finger?
When a misunderstanding takes place
Are you prone to have an argument?
As you get up into their face?
Are you thoughtful of an opposing opinion?
Another point of view?
It’s not about proving who’s right
It’s not all about you
We are not the center of the universes
No matter how much we want to be
The world keeps turning
Learn to get along with those whom you disagree
The moment before
You drift off to sleep
A memory comes to you
One that is buried deep
Memories often populate
And integrate with your dreams
Leaving with you a communiqué
To unravel the schemes
The mind has a way
To process the unrest
Perpetuating those feelings
You may have suppressed
A subconscious attempt
To resolve any dissonance
A conscious mindfulness
The conscription of imminence
Be you of conscious mind
Be you one to search your soul
I present to you
Our cognitive tool for quality control
Where is the accountability
If you think you have done no wrong?
Is it better to ignore our input rather than our need to belong?
Perhaps I beleaguer
Over the inconsequential?
Perhaps I easily consign to the mere existential?
Or is it just possible
I may wake and become a better me?
Manifesting a vast potential
If and only if I allow myself to see?