Sunday, May 12, 2013

Tropes - by Bob Atkinson

(c)2013 Bob Atkinson

presumption drives us ever more
into the world we know and hold
all we feel of natural events
old and new and predicted senses

discerning connections made within
cities where many, many people live
no ice flows melting on tropic isles
whales not swimming on desert sand piles

it's not too stretched to see the point
we feel within us right and wrong
by simple conditioned reflexes made
from experience learned day to day

trope recalls conventions expected
a ship at anchor will sail soon
a kite flies on windy days
a red light means we stop and wait

codes of conduct change in time
as repetition fosters new reorders
when allowed, we find bad habits
become nominal methods practiced

in time these poor wasted ways
mutate our reflexed burdens carried
speech which gives not respect to others
actions carried on disgracing mothers

so, if you think that slip of tongue
is cute or has someone's bell rung
hold that voice you give not civil
don't compose your life with drivel

build your worth on daily actions
smiles, respect and satisfaction
tell your heart you've added to
the good around your bubbled cube

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