The expectations of others are often a burden of weight,
but far worse is their judgement,
the perspective they take when assessing our lives,
as they simply weigh by comparison
what they believe is right,
how they live the measure of our plight.
How absurd this futile perspective,
this measure of judgement that is so biased,
a narrow thinking that has no bite at all,
just symptoms of a belief in themselves,
always better, always more learned,
whether we fit or not into their world.
Oh, what segregation this human trait procures,
if not the same state, the same belief,
we are proved unworthy in their view;
this is our problem, an innate judgement
that cannot be cured, until egos take a back seat,
acceptance the only cure.
I see it in their eyes, disapproval leaks
from all the holes in their minds,
so many expectations, so may rules,
yet question their own lives they will never do,
and that is a sad reflection of self-importance,
judging those whose lives they do not know.
If there was one human trait one could eradicate
it would be judgement, because it segregates us all,
it determines classes, beliefs religions and more
to isolate us within our own groups,
because integrations somehow demeans those who judge,
the racists, the bigots, religious extremists and fascists
are all a smudge on earth.
I dream of days when people are accepting, tolerant,
when judgement is set aside, and hope is alive,
where beliefs are just diversity and not contention,
where culture and religion are personal choices, respected,
and in my heart I believe that day will come,
I just hope the cost is not too great.
Above all this is love, a capacity to understand
to be compassionate and caring for all life,
and wouldn’t it be grand to walk down the street
and know each soul that passed
would give you a helping hand,
just because they could.
Tony DeLorger © 2018
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