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That Line

Updated on November 16, 2013
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That Line

By Tony DeLorger © 2013

How fragile that line on which we walk,

teetering, a pendulum swing and more,

the decisions life beckons and are made,

which way we fall, the plans we've laid.

How tenuous our grasp on truth,

when we the focus and in denial stoop,

to delusions grand and folly promised,

our lives unfurl and hardy honest.

It is our nature to survive and hold tight belief,

ignoring all that may disrupt, compete,

believing what fits best our resolve,

despite the truth and what circumstance evolves.

Even though that line is straight and true,

we leave it so often without a clue,

following desires and emotion filled hope,

loosing our way on a slippery slope.

And so we choose this erratic course,

the line simply centre and we in remorse,

the burden of failures and lessons bleak,

do nothing to guide us to a balanced critique.

One would hope after a lifetime of strife,

that we human beings would have learned something right,

our course should be lain on a platform of knowledge,

not thrown to wind and hardly acknowledged.

I suppose the proof is in all that we do,

imperfection the core of delusions accrued,

and we so intent on self preservation,

misguide the self without the slightest provocation.

The hard part is not being able to blame anyone else for our bad decisions; they are ours alone.


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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Thanks sligobay; glad you related and enjoyed it Take care.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

      Hi Tony. This is a great piece of our path along that line. We resist the guidance afforded by the line of which you speak.

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      Tony DeLorger 4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad I'm hitting the spot Jan; it's funny how I write. I never choose a subject and plan a piece, rather let it flow. And I'm sure what's relevant just comes out 'cause its on my mind. At least that's how I approach it. Take care.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Tony, I love this one. Often when I visit it seems that you've picked up on what's happening in the community and put it so eloquently to words. Excellent message and lessons about ego, delusions, and taking responsibility for ourselves. Voted up, useful, and interesting.