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
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
I have my flaws
I somehow understand yours
I look beyond the surface
I’m in the club of empathetic entrepreneurs
Is this my curse?
Not choosing well with whom I may fall?
We’ve crossed this line before
Look at that, oh what a squall
Despite what should be my better sense
I forgive and move on
Still I want to fill my heart
Wanting you by my side in the dawn
I’m asking the questions
That makes me look at my reality
What do I posit?
What makes me an enlistee?
I understand my vulnerability
I understand my strong features
I may not make the right play
But I’m certain I won’t be on the bleachers
There is something more I see
Than you are willing to let on
This is why I wait
This is why I fawn
Part of me knows this as fact
Part of me knows this dance
What will become of this?
My temptress of circumstance
Ethics should have a deep root
In everything that we do
Our treatment of other people
And of politics too
We have all been wronged
But there are many who don’t know why
Disassociate from yourself and others
The amoral have no need to lie
What happened to our culture and people?
A devil’s ego that lives within
Excludes themselves from others morality
This herein lies the sin
A destruction of family and values
An educational system designed to fail
America’s literacy rate of 17 percent
The proof in the pudding of this tale
The greatest threat to western society
When migrants do not assimilate
If they care not of liberty yet demand equality
There defines the cultural checkmate
So if these words reach you
Keep our values alive
Educate and teach to others
Enrich a life to survive
If you act with reason
Generous acts can never be misplaced
Love is never wasted
Love cannot be debased
The failure of recognition
If only one in seventy-seven see
A change in the culture
A change in the apogee
A resource of human potential
Escaping many only actualized by the few
Love will permeate conflict
Those who love know this is true
Love has no expectation
That many fail to comprehend
Their understanding is divided
They fail to apprehend
The world needs practitioners
The broken-hearted on the mend
The ambivalence of affection
Consumes only those who pretend
The universe is mysterious
Connecting to messages we send and receive
Responding to what is positive
Or that to which we grieve
Somebody living in Boise
Relates to someone in San Diego
Somehow a connection through the ether
Slips out of the shadow
I know you’ve experienced loss
But in loss we can also find our way
There is a purpose in our healing
Pain is a teacher but it does not have to stay
Even 953 miles
Does not seem far away
Something I can’t really explain
So my poetry is my X-Ray
dedicated to Julie Roberson
I’ve contemplated my behavior
Always wanting to be on the right side of my wrongs
But this focus will also shed
Much of the error within others and where it belongs
We can only control what is in our power
We must forgive others the folly of their deceit
Exoneration is not for the sole sake of relieving guilt
But for the sake of the soul we do not want to deplete
(My reason to forgive)