Contention Misused

Contention Misused
Contention Misused…an ode to challenge

We roll with punches,
weave to avoid the blows,
but life will antagonize just to reveal our lows,
and react we may to the indignation of challenge,
even when truth is proposed,
it may be a long way from us;
so we huff and we puff
and our egos go rampant,
just to respond, with no purpose, all stagnant,
without thought or reason, a knee-jerk response,
an over-reaction from control-less affronts.

We may hold fast our beliefs,
we may accept nothing else,
yet movement and evolution demand change,
an openness of self,
often times difficult to accept our ineptness,
yet the only way forward is to swallow our pride,
and persist with acceptance;
If not we flounder within our outmoded beliefs,
too stubborn to change, cannot look at defeat,
but life is beyond all that, far from the self,
for in understanding, there is something else.

A singular knowing that we are all as one,
having gone through or will do so,
over time that’s to come,
and judging one another is like judging ourselves,
we are all capable, all remiss as our limits compel,
the doubts that lead us to indignant forays,
when truly we should be listening,
learning another perspective to weigh,
instead of reacting, a tantrum ensues,
where nothing is learned,
and contention misused.

Tony DeLorger © 2016

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Tony DeLorger

Full time author, freelance writer, poet and blogger since 1999. Twenty one published works, past winner of 'Poet of the Year' on HubPages, 'Poem of the Year' on The Creative Exiles, writer for, Google+, videos on YouTube and book sales on website, Amazon and

4 thoughts on “Contention Misused

  • November 12, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    “A singular knowing that we are all as one,” – I love that line, Tony. In time I hope all world-wide will keep that thought in their hearts to enable peace for all. How wonderfully phrased is this piece. Great work, indeed.

  • November 12, 2016 at 2:44 AM

    Much appreciated Phyllis, yes, judgement is often a reflection of our own ineptitude. Lessons to learn. Cheers!

  • November 12, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Very well said and why can’t we let others have their own thoughts without going crazy? I mean we don’t have to listen to them or read them do we? What harm can words be? Unless they strike the wrong person, huh?

  • November 12, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Yes Jackie words can be powerful things, but responses to them are more about the person receiving them than the speaker. This is human nature and also our egos at play. Glad you related and enjoyed the expression. have a great day.


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