As the outside infringes upon
one’s personal sanctum,
the more one sees the detriment
of lives forsaken in conduct,
lost to indolent minds and betrayed criterion;
and should these fall below expectation or acceptance,
the imbalance is rasping, palpable.
Acceptance is then a matter of gradation,
values stated and understood,
and by them we all live in the comfort of our belief,
compromise then a harsh affront to self,
what we know as necessary for us;
yet people are different, each with their own criteria,
and the compromises they are willing to make.
The more the world moves
opposed to our beliefs and acceptability,
the harder it becomes to be a part of it,
as beliefs, attitudes and behaviors
fall far from our own, and contentions bring separation,
to uphold our own beliefs and values,
rather than accept ill-conceived compromise.
Competition, egocentric behavior and lack of kindness
has always put me on the back foot,
seeking only people with similar values as mine,
yet fear drives most people to closed behaviors,
of which I cannot abide,
with friendships or with any contact in general,
for what time do I have in nurturing paths with no destination.
For these reasons, I remain separate,
chosen quite deliberately,
not because of fear or harsh realities, but from choice,
having recognized my needs and values
and living within them for my own sake,
rather than struggle with contentious people
and deal with those opposed to my essence.
We have choice, we have values,
and the world we create suits our needs,
and those who live in other worlds
may see us as different,
yet we are content with our own lives,
because we choose our plight,
and that can only be right.
Tony DeLorger © 2017
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