A Haiku - Contention

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Contention

Some do contend so.

As rugby players scrum so

Why I do not know.


Contention angers.

Blood pressures rise and hearts race,

Signs of early death.


Worse still after all,

Most contentions soon fizzle.

Though grudge may follow.


I contend less now.

Time's too short to waste that way.

Even fierce games end.


Contention serves what purpose?

What destroys peace and calm, goodwill, and even love?

Contention with an angry voice or harsh words can.

And sometimes the perceived offense which brought on the contention is allowed to linger and boil with no apologies given, no calm restored, no resumption of what was neutral or good before.

My mother's still favorite saying is: "If you love life, then waste not time, for time's the stuff life's made of." Allowing contention to bring on deep breaths, an adrenaline surge, and a "fight or flight response" is only a few steps short of suicide. It is letting anger rise and rule, usually for no good purpose, and with a less than satisfying outcome. In short, it's a gross waste of time.

Gentlemen and ladies avoid contention as being ill-mannered and self-defeating.

Of course, the world is not made up solely of gentlemen and ladies. But we can wish it might be.

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Note: This is one of several Haiku you can enjoy here on HubPages. Some will bring a chuckle, others may make you think. It is the author's hope that this one did.

Which do you choose as most likely to cause contention:

Which do you choose as most likely to cause contention?

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ImKarn23 2 years ago

Perspy - your mother was a very smart woman - lucky you! I chose PRIDE as the #1 reason for 'contention'..

have a great weekend my friend...sharingxx


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Nice to hear from you my coffee pot friend. Have a great weekend and back at ya.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

I love your sentence: "Gentlemen and ladies avoid contention as being ill-mannered and self-defeating." That's what we were taught, but somehow it does not always turn out like that - we all seem to have bad days occasionally and then we say things that we really did not intend. An interesting topic to discuss.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

My wife's grandfather (the king) cautioned: "Roll your tongue 10 times before you speak"; while the Dalai Lama advised that: "Sometimes silence is the best answer". Good advice from both those wise men.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Wise words: "If you love life, then waste not time, for time's the stuff life's made of."


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btrbell 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Your mother was right. So sad we allow other things to get in the way of it! Thank you!


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I'm just back from a good (but too short) visit with her. She is now nearly 105 and a half. Lots of kisses, hand holding, smiles, and some reminiscing.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Perspycacious, I voted for jealousy, because often times it can be over money also.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

It's an even split between money, jealousy, and pride (so far) all sources of contention for sure. Thanks all, for stopping by. Sometimes pride is the reason for jealousy.


Susan from Toronto 2 years ago

Hi Perspycacious,

I voted Pride as the number one reason for contention. Your mother is wise. Contention takes away from the enjoyment of life.

I use to publish my poems on hubpages but cancelled my account for personal reasons. I would like to thank you for leaving a comment on my last hub "Words and Thoughts"


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Perfectly said!


Memuna Umber 2 years ago

I enjoyed your haiku but I do not completely agree with you in this one.

Anger is natural, and if we supress it then it will only make matters worse. In an ideal world we would forgive and forget but we do not live in an ideal world.

I wish I could control my anger , I try to speak things at the moment so my anger doesn't build up but I stopped ignoring and thinking that I am forgiving because then it only makes things bottled up.

Having given that overly verbose reply :P I really did enjoy your haiku. you are an exceptional poet and I am glad I stumbled on your page when I first did.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Memuna Umber - A good idea for which you have time is to "roll your tongue 10 times before you speak." That insures that what you say is wha tis appropriate for that moment. The Dalai Llama said that "Sometimes the best response is silence." Thanks for sharing your view on anger. I will ponder it.


Memuna Umber 2 years ago

It sounds interesting. I'll definitely try applying it :)

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