Your Present Choice


Either we do what we say
We will do, or else, we do not
There is no “sort of” middle ground
Conveniently may be got

By later tardy pointing to
Someone’s “unreasonability”
When it’s our voluntary word
Those expectations brought to be

There’s no “sort of” respecting
Possessions, food or space —
This from someone one who’s lived and thrived
In many a place

Where people live together
In either honesty
Or whatever develops
When we allow it so to be

You have a new beginning
It’s up to you to demonstrate
How, in your reality
Its denizens will now relate

If you expect each one to do
Their conscientious part
You will have to show them how
Yourself — right from the start

If ignorance commitment of’s
Acceptable to you
Then that is what you may expect
Your future friends to do

And if on slipshod morals
You look with len’iency
Its next upon yourself
Those morals weak will leaning be

By actions, your true preferences
You are giving voice
Remember, what you’ll get — and lose —
Will be by your own present choice



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9 responses to “Your Present Choice”

  1. Do send me your new mail if the other one is out. 🙏🏻

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    1. It is out like a light — the new address is

      WHAT a set of contortions! Big mistake ever signing that old device onto my going-to-be-stalker’s home Wi-Fi system, but it was the only way to remain online and working at the time so I took that not-so-well-calculated risk. Ah, well!

      C’est la vie, n’est-came pas? (American schoolroom French — that’s about all I know how to say, though I can rip it out with a decent accent)

      Toodeloo (Chicago moll 😅)


      1. New address duly noted. Will re-send. Some day.
        At least you found both the source of energy drain and the stalker’s device. Put a GPS tracker under a car. Connect it to the electrical system. Don’t people have anything else to do?

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        1. Back with you when I can get back online, once again, my friend. Till then, be well.

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          1. I have made a note of your new mail. Will send soon. This month. Or this year? 😉


  2. “This from someone one who’s lived and thrived
    In many a place”

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    1. That’s two of us, we’re sisters in that way


  3. “Remember, what you’ll get — and lose —
    Will be by your own present choice” . . . wise words Ana.

    Our choices determine our destiny, an we alone are responsible for them.

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