Thursday, October 17, 2013

Golden Mean (Middle of the Road) - by Bob Atkinson

Golden Mean
(Middle of the Road)
(c)2013 Bob Atkinson

"... moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice ..."
Thomas Paine



calmness denotes fairness
in a rough and tumble world
as patience allows for restraint
such a balanced form of truth

composure seeks control
as dignified coolness dissipates
dispassionately forming pleasure
as we edge toward those city gates

equanimity lies as calm forbearance
just as judiciousness plants its tree
with vines for roots of justice
getting applied to you and me

not to be confused justness
which shifts toward decency
benevolence of action entwined by
an altruistic outlook given freely

all a measure of mildness
a moderate tone of voice
speaks of poise quietly giving
a reasonable direction for our course

harmonious in its fairness
balanced in approach
constraint of coolness sets our tone
to stay sober in a rocking boat

continence presenting accent
a steady nerve anchor for our craft
agreement getting attention
soothing motions, agitation lacking

all this speaks of toleration
a sweet, sensible juste milieu
of that golden mean of action
allowing progression to ring true

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