(February/'47 / Connecticut, USA)

Being Offended

What has become to be made acceptable,
As a part of everyday life to live?
Is the saying of one thing understood to be meant,
To then do another.
Followed by comments often heard...
'You should have known what it was I meant.
To then choose what it was I intended to do.'

~And you have expectations,
Of me depending on you? ~

'That's your decision to make.
I can not think for myself,
If you expect me to think for you too.'

What has become to be made acceptable,
As a part of everyday life to live?
Is the saying of one thing understood to be meant,
To then do another.
Followed by the one what has been abused,
To excuse the feeling of being offended.
'And why are you so upset?
I'm only an hour late.
And besides...
Haven't I waited for you before? '

~When it was understood,
I went to use a restroom? ~

'So I spent a few minutes shopping.
What's the big deal? '

~We were not 'then' together'.~

'With THAT attitude?
I'm glad we weren't.'

by Lawrence S. Pertillar

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