The Peace That Life Affords

The Peace That Life Affords
The Peace That Life Affords

How curt the reply from questioning
the ire of a passer by,
reacting all too much
to life’s abrupt interpretations,
as anger fills the streets like darkened smoke,
toxic fumes that evoke the same in others,
and each day the calm becomes a stormy sea,
thrashing waves of indignity
cast upon innocents.

A powder keg, an aversion to harmony,
ready to ignite so easily,
for reckless acts of indecency,
espoused by those so stressed to the bone,
and all it takes is a look,
a gesture of aggression,
to turn a scene from calm to explosive,
no real motive shown,
just in reaction we are so prone.

Why do we hold such calamity to heart,
store anger and distrust,
pent up emotions so rusted with contempt
for those we don’t even know,
and in a moment we explode
as if a threat to life is sewn,
and we in fury’s flight take the toll,
as escalation brings fateful lies
to hold us to circumstances unknown?

Like ticking bombs we walk the streets,
some more trigger happy than others,
but it seems we are so clogged with disdain,
the day is sunny but we walk
in the rain of our smoldering demeanor,
ever vigilant to contention, to questioning,
the tip of a wick as yet unlit,
as we sit in denial of our risk,
how close we are to this.

Learn we must to vent
in the quietness of solitude,
to rid ourselves of what we hold so close,
and practice kindness for the most part,
to impart a better hue, and smile to passers by,
connect and imbue the world with acceptance,
rather than rejection and contempt
for all that goes wrong in our attempts to live
within the peace that life affords.

Tony DeLorger © 2018

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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

2 thoughts on “The Peace That Life Affords

  • June 19, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Long have I noticed how people in public hide within themselves and snap at anyone who comes close. My brother and I were recently talking about how kind and pleasant people used to be, when a smile was always ready to be there upon a face. Now, one sees more frowns and anger instead of cheer. I so clearly remember with fondness the loving teachers we had when children – they taught us in class how to be polite, respectful, and kind. They even showed us how important it is to be kind to animals and take care of them. One teacher brought in a new small animal, (like a hamster, rabbit, etc.) each month and showed us how to care for it. Oh! Your words brought up some precious memories of kindness, love, and caring, Tony. And this work is an important message all should read. Well done, indeed, dear poet. Take care.

  • June 19, 2018 at 7:09 PM

    Yes, the world has changed, out of fear and the oppression of ideas fed to us to keep us all in control. Very sad indeed, but I’ll keep on keeping on with a smile and be kind to a life worth living. Take care Phyllis.


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