Gold / words / 2018 / Stone

June 14, 2018

If I cajole, coerce, condescend, disparage, intimidate
Another human spirit in attempt to somehow 
	gain the minds, 
	approval, or liking of others
Then I have already lost

If respect is not shown in a way that reflects and acknowledges
My own self in another person’s bone and skin,
	Having lived such a life as mine with 
	a completely different set of results
	and perspective
Then I have already lost

If I try to dominate the indomitable
	The fellow wild human spirit 
	that runs as free as 
	Nature Itself with me
Then I have already lost

If I don’t welcome your contrarian view
	Which illuminates the side of my prey – our prey
	that which was yet unseen, unknown, and different to me
Then I have already lost

If I meet your perceived disrespect
	With my own in actual intent
	To prove that I am somehow 
	more “right” or “found” than you
Then I have already lost