Poems

Robert Frenkel: The Offer

You’re arguing, and frankly can’t abide that stubborn rubbish from the other side. Rising heat distorts your unbiased view, words like leaking fuel inflame the mind past caring whether hurtful or untrue. Brute ad hominem exchanged in kind self-cancels, leaving pain and nothing new. Whatever’s done or not done, all is frowned on, for the presumption is of ill intent, dogmatic in the context of this case: delusion, spite and motives seen as base. Admit you could be partly wrong: the sound of gracious reason and enlightenment, and note that people who throw mud lose ground.   It’s more complex…

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