I'M Not Surprised By That At All

Poem By Lawrence S. Pertillar

It is not unusual to find,
Those accustomed to making decisions...
To be upfront and blunt.
And placed in positions of responsibility,
To confront.
With a probability too,
To be the ones who have become...
More tolerant of others.
And not afraid to admit their mistakes.

It can be also found,
People like this to be the ones most likely...
Criticized and despised for whatever they do done.
Since those who rather pass their judgements,
Are comfortable with a doing of this...
Surrounded by others who often listen to hear,
How their protected childhoods had been lived...
While either an older sibling or someone else,
Got more attention without the deserving of it.

'Let me ask you this question,
If you don't mind? '

~No.
Not at all.
I don't mind.~

'If that person was not around for you to criticize,
Or complain about for making you do things...
You believe was undue and you disliked to despise,
Where would your life be today? '

~I don't know.
I have never been alone to think about it.~

'So you have never lived alone to make decisions,
On your own? '

~No.
Not really.
However...
I made sure I did what I wanted to do.
Me and my friends.~

'Oh?
So you have no clue what it takes,
To lead and not follow.
Although you perceive someone who leads,
Isn't disciplined to listen before they speak to object.
In other words...
You always convinced others you were right.
And you never accepted your wrongs.
You made them right as well. Right? '

~I don't comprehend what you are saying.~

'Don't worry about it.
I'm not surprised by that at all.
Hopefully one day you will be left alone to self-reflect.
Like those who live alone and many preferring to do so.'

Comments about I'M Not Surprised By That At All

Self dependence and reliance can be hard. But we never learn from our mistakes if we don't know what the consequences of them really are. Like riding a bike eventually the training wheels have to come off. The longer we wait the more painful it is. A shocking realization that nobody's coming to save you. No not this time. Brilliant, and very wise poem.


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