A WHOLE LIFE

Think of life: millions of hours, and yet you stay the same!

For years you meditate, try to love, yet always, who do you blame?

Yourself. But I love you, introvert misanthrope!—you made me see

That I, too, hate people; that’s why you got to me—

Why you got under my skin as no one else did.

I was always the nice fool, shy as a sheep as a kid.

When I couldn’t talk to people, the fault, I thought, was mine.

I thought I lacked communication skills; I would gulp wine

To loosen up. Now the truth flashes on me: people are swine!

If life is a game of chess, I look five moves ahead;

But others always taught me: knock over the pieces instead.

Dreamy and sensitive, I found people boring and rude,

But I thought I was slow; I thought the problem was my attitude.

I’m nervous. The room is crowded. I know what I need to do.

Ignore the smiling faces. Find the honest, frowning face. Find you.

 

 

 

5 Comments

  1. November 18, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Here is an insight that may change your opinion:
    there is but one thing all life has in common,
    even those that we hate, those whom we scorn,
    not one decided to be here or chose to be born.

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 18, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Does that excuse them from not being nice when they’re here? I don’t think even if you are unfairly thrown into prison that’s a reason to harm or abuse or dislike the other prisoners, is it?

      • November 18, 2018 at 6:03 pm

        Agreed. But Nature trumps nurture. Rabbits eat grass but wolves eat rabbits.
        And yes, humans are animals too.

  2. noochinator said,

    November 19, 2018 at 11:38 am

    What is portrayed in that photo?

    • thomasbrady said,

      November 19, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      A crowded room. The kind which makes you nervous. Be social!


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