abilene paradox…

how has time
changed
you
what dreams
have
you forgotten
or
abandoned
leaving
empty spaces
in
your heart
and
mind
seen by some
as
a far away look
or
just plain emptiness
that
you
cannot explain
to
those who ask
is there something wrong
a question
rarely answered
in
truth
just the typical offering
of
empty platitudes
things are fine
nothing to worry about
couldn’t be better
or
some other
verbal detour
from
the truth
served up with a practiced smile
but
closing your eyes
you can see
that empty space
but
you decide
to
move on
into
the new day
without
what’s been missing
for
so long

 

oh have it your way but…

he always
took
the lion’s share
tho
most of us
know
that
the lioness
is the true hunter
but
that is
just an aside
he also
insisted
that
he be given
the largest glass
filled to the brim
with
wine or ale
and
she
would
always comply
but
one day
in passing
she said
smiling
have you considered
that
the largest glass
also
can contain
the largest
amount
of
poison

 

the days of wine and roses…

 

when young we’re spendthrift
using our days to purchase
the dreams of others
but life’s depreciation
soon leaves no funds for our dreams

 

character actors…

 

iphone rings
set
to acknowledge
the callers
level
of
power
on
the
food chain
a
modified version
of
caller id
used
when
one accepts
society’s type-casting
casting
that requires
the
actors
each day
carry out
their
assigned
role
by
following
a well-worn script
of
self-importance
and
always
with
appropriate mannerisms
and
external trappings
suitable
for
any given
occasion
roles
can be held
for
a lifetime
or
until
the figure
in the mirror
reminds them
of
who
they actually are