How far does one stretch
to accommodate the world,
to still fit within the parameters we feel best apply,
and taking on the responsibility
can often reach further than we,
incorporating those around us,
in the pursuit of how we think life should be.
Surely life would be simpler in anonymity,
allowing the world its way
and pieces falling where they may,
our responsibility not accepted,
and circumstances either free or congested,
in free flight without our influence,
or our judgement of right.
Consciously we take the world head on,
continually weave our wants into strategies for results
that fit within our judgement of reality,
to benefit ourselves and those important to us,
ever-adding to the streams of thought,
the influences sought
to uphold our ideals of circumstance.
We entice, we placate, we berate to make a point,
all the time honing our beliefs in right,
our influence over the plight of others,
because we believe it is our responsibility,
ours to manipulate for the good,
and should we be successful,
the outcomes will prove fruitful.
What if for one moment we relented this cycle,
made no attempt to intervene or discuss,
talk about sense or in manipulation, trust,
just left the course of life alone,
made no intervention, remained passive
and sought to be impartial, what would happen:
would the world fall apart?
Our world is forged by our thoughts,
our motivation to change, to adjust,
to save and make people trust our view,
and in that capacity, the responsibility is not ours at all,
just our will, wanting what it wants,
believing we are right, and weaving our web,
to uphold our belief.
We have children, and they are our responsibility,
to allow them to grow into adults
who can think for themselves,
and we choose to be responsible for those we love,
whose welfare is to our benefit,
but at what point is our want an intervention,
an influence unnecessary?
Much of the burden of life
is this cycle of adjusting the world to suit our needs,
to best benefit us in our lives and those around us,
but imagine the clarity attained
by relenting this need,
being an impartial observer, allowing people
to make their own mistakes and to learn?
We find peace in life by shedding the many skins
we believe necessary, and it is only
when we see our thought patterns and propensities
that we realize how invasive we can be,
in taking responsibility for another soul;
and don’t think it is sharing,
it is an arrogant belief in self righteousness
that accepts this role.
Love itself is another enigma.
Tony DeLorger © 2018
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