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The Beaten Path

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The Beaten Path

Frostily, your teeth clench when you say
Do not let yourself be so bush league:
Turn around, chin up and walk that way!
So, despite my self-doubt and fatigue
And, trusting you, I will go astray.

Having spent my life trying to prove 
Myself something more than a loser
Once again, I find it hard to move
Without advice from my abuser...
But I know you would disapprove.

I possess neither smartness nor luck,
Pre-determined by genetic code
Toward a fate resembling havoc,
When I faced a fork along the road
Your voice smacked me along for luck.

Though my strong preference would have been
To chose the path of least resistance
Mediocrity would be a sin
Since you trained me for persistence...
Yet, still, this road of  humiliation.

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  1. Date: 6/21/2013 7:36:00 PM
    What is a fate resembling a Schmuck? What will happen with all that anger? Will peace ever prevail?

  1. Date: 10/26/2012 8:11:00 AM
    Another weekend is here and I have not read as many poems as I would have liked to this week. I am happy I was able to read yours today. Have a wonderful weekend Irene. Hopefully I will be able to read more next week. Love, Carol