POEM: That Arguable Grip

He argued
Fore
Farced to choose between
What’s left
What is right
And he one handily
With won hand tied behind his back
Soundly
Like the slow clap
With the only
That he is not contagious
And that can be found in abandon
In the grip of whatever he comes up with

This poem continues in my perpetual theme of versus , with a tip of the hat to the post-election ennui experienced by much of the American electorate and non-electorate.  Like I have been known to say: is its own reward.  Got Cynicism SPIRITUAL BUTTONThis poem awards cynicism with one of my favorite insulting critiques: cynicism is like masturbation, except without the short-term pleasures or long-term benefits.  While experiencing the grip of cynicism qualifies as , cynicism strikes me as a profoundly maladaptive response to building a long-term, -filled relationship with .  If you argue for cynicism, on whose side are you on?  Of course, misery loves company.  Incorporate that company in your and you win amputated possibilities and learned .  Cynicism is locked in lamentable necessity and wretched necessities.  The cynic says, 'One man can't do anything.' I say, 'Only one man can do anything.' John W. Gardner quote SPIRITUAL BUTTONHope lives in and possibilities ordered by our deepest .  Hope accepts the hard of recognizing that our stymied yearnings are more of a reflection of the depth of our longings than mirror confirmation of our foes’ oafishness.  Cynicism is fueled by the easy focus on others’ shortcomings.  Hope is fed by the steadfast convergence of and dreamers.  It is easy to fall for seasons of cynicism and its many accomplices; I only ask that we keep the spring of hope in the lineup and to swell the list of usual suspects…

Enthusiasm Trumps Cynicism PEACE BUTTONThe first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings -- Albert Schweitzer quote POLITICAL BUTTON

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