I gave up impassioned speeches

They’re meaningless to those

who don’t want to hear.

I gave up recitation of truths.

They were meaningless to those

who choose alternative facts.

I almost gave up on reason

and rationality.

But not quite…

Thoughts came as clear

as the crystal

in my corner cabinet –

Show kindness,

decency,

the four-letter “L” word.

Strength comes from

forgiveness

if only we can learn it.

After all, life here is short –

Hard as hickory

and delicate as death.

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