Avoidance…where fear rules
Avoidance is both the panacea of longevity
and the learning of life, remiss,
as what we may perceive in our fears,
is often the most necessary exposure,
to find balance in our otherwise
stop and go lives.
Dodging life’s gentle suggestions
can be our greatest paranoia,
our most decided loss of opportunity
gift wrapped in anxiety,
and to play life within this path is to stagnate,
to relent on all that could be in participation.
Fear often drives us to our most pernicious lows,
like wearing a black cloak in sunshine,
ever to be the wan insipid paranoid,
both colorless and protected from life itself,
learning nothing but how not to learn,
and in that, a would be human being, barely alive.
We may live without motivation,
but what is the point: no hurt, no joy,
just the mundane breath of non-engagement,
a half life, half vegetable being,
surely not relished by common sense,
nor enjoyed by any in its false ideal.
Living requires effort and bravery,
both of which can be avoided, if so desired,
but the consequence isn’t pretty,
for life happens regardless,
and we must face it,
willingly or by default.
Tony DeLorger © 2016