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A, B, C--or All of the Above


(A) Optimist exults, “Life’s a delight. All is bright.” 

(B) Pessimist groans, “Life’s totally dark; all is stark.” 

(C) Realist declares, “What is life? Both joy and strife.”


These labels that get tossed about are far too cut-and-dried,
and when we fail to act in keeping with the one applied
to us—perhaps since we were kids—we cause close scrutiny.
If “Optimist” feels sad, he is accused of mutiny.
I’m sometimes A, I have been B, but basically I’m a C!



March 15, 2019, entered in Brian Strand's Standard Contest 195

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Date: 3/16/2019 1:49:00 PM
Best wishes in the contest Janice...
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 2:44:00 PM
Thanks so much, Charlie! Janice
Date: 3/16/2019 12:57:00 PM
A salute to great poetry from another "C," Janice. Very clever! I think Brian will love it too. Hugs, Carolyn
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 2:43:00 PM
Thanks so much, Carolyn! Janice
Date: 3/15/2019 7:03:00 PM
Me too, I think the same as YOU!! (loved it)
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 9:13:00 AM
Thanks so much, Andrea! Janice
Date: 3/15/2019 5:12:00 PM
A clever reflection on our attitude towards life..well written, Janice.
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 9:20:00 AM
Thanks so much, Vijay! Janice
Date: 3/15/2019 2:48:00 PM
I was concerned this might be about bra size! I think you laid out a profound philosophical/spiritual lesson in the simplest, grabable (if you will) way. B people are people I pray for yet avoid (difficult when one is your mate's brother) and while I strive for A, I think most of us touch on C intermittently, but I strive with faith to make C an A. I like how you did this, the points you made and am delighted I didn't have to reveal my cup size. All the best to you ... CayCay
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 9:25:00 AM
Bra size--LOL! I wrote this because of the way people saddle others with labels that stick forever. When I catch myself doing this, I give myself a little kick--then pray about it! Thank you so much for your comment, CayCay! Janice
Date: 3/15/2019 2:31:00 PM
Clever girl! Good luck in the contest! Aloha! Rico
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Janice Canerdy
Date: 3/16/2019 9:25:00 AM
Thanks so much, Rico. Janice