Softly, Softly, Catchy Monkey...my burden

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Softly, Softly Catchy Monkey

By Tony DeLorger © 2013


I choose my steps carefully:

unrelenting the complexity of a world in pain,

souls torn and bleeding, venting,

and I, a target of light and vulnerability,

willing to show kindness,

rather than a contentious will,

suffer the consequences.


Patience is my lesson, my burden,

and I often struggle with dismissive natures,

arrogant and lacking the empathy of understanding,

set in ways rigid and contained,

giving but a half-hearted act of societal acceptance,

hearts limited by walls impenetrable,

the self at arms length clutching fear like a life preserver.


I struggle to keep faith in this realm,

this superficial radiance of servility and openness,

a veiled and pointed display,

while thoughts amass beneath, that inner voice of control,

labelling, discerning and maintaining safe distance,

and I care less, no harm or pretence within thinking,

simply an observer to the deep seated pain within souls.


I cannot cast aside these islands of humanity,

yet they are dangerous in their self-deception,

and what means they will utilise in self protection,

maintaining what they consider comfortable bounds,

and I, watch their dancing, their fleet-footed avoidance,

all the time saddened by their vulnerability,

and the lengths by which life has impacted on their behaviour.


For me, I shall give 'til there is no more to give,

love 'til there is no more heart in this body of dust,

and create as is my nature and the passage called life.


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Tony DeLorger 2 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Glad you didn't Wayne. Much appreciated as always.


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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

How could I pass up a title like this one?

Very thought provoking work, Tony. Masterful as always!

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