Perspective’s Vain Attempts


Tony DeLorger © 2016

Irresolute these vacillating thoughts of propriety,
judging those who in deeds
leave disparaging echoes within my beliefs,
and cross my tolerance to a malicious response;
I, not understanding my own agenda,
lashing out to quell within my bounds
someone else’s fears and projections.

Tis not my ego that asserts itself,
nor my controlling of other lives,
just a delusion that I am right, and righteous thought pretends
to know better, the paths of other lives;
I watch myself in flight, casting stones and words of plight,
to those who stir the pot,
and cross the lines with which my mind adheres.

Funny how we think we know,
each soul on journeys long and diverse,
and what leads us to water,
none too fine for those who never thirst,
and yet I spill my judgement to any level field,
to sink within earth, so lost in purpose,
and my quarry, none the wiser.

The lesson is plain,
judgement just a whim of mine,
an idea that counts as me, not anyone else,
and for all my insistence of right,
what is chosen right or not, is not mine to make,
and that helps not my words of choice, regardless,
for my journey is mine alone,
and others but planets that orbit the sun as I.

Tony DeLorger
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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 “Perspective’s Vain Attempts

  • May 21, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Tony, I spent fifty years with this mindset. Lots of judgement went out and yet I doubt there was much positive effect on those around me. In your words,

    and yet I spill my judgement to any level field,
    to sink within earth, so lost in purpose,
    and my quarry, none the wiser.

    It sees to me now to be an arrogant and presumptuous attitude that I have understood the fundamental rules of life while those around me have not.

  • May 21, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    Thanks Chris, yes often we ignore our own behaviors and many years go by until we see how judgmental we have been. That is why I write such pieces, because it reminds us all of the human propensities we’d rather ignore, and the truth we should see. In age we have the advantage of experience, and often it becomes easier to recognize these faults in ourselves and those around us.
    Glad you related and enjoyed the thought my friend.

  • May 21, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    I prefer never to be judgemental, however sometimes our minds and tongues act in haste. Well comprised work ToNY.

  • May 22, 2016 at 4:10 AM

    Thanks Vincent, yes we all act in haste often and in doing so pay the consequence. Cheers!


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