Day 20: Gray Areas

In defense of Gray Areas

The concept of right or wrong
is considered black and white, yet we know better.
And we
in our infinite wisdom and
moral frailty, have seen fit
to gray it up a bit.
But that’s just
a rationalization to
do wrong things that come to us.

Eggs or bacon, blue cheese
or ranch dressing.
Strangulation, stabbing
or gun shot wounding.
The last of the coffee or tea
neither of which belongs to me.

When you’re searching
for the right or wrong of a thing,
don’t do that.
Instead, take the argument
weigh it out
take the lesser of two evils,
since, right or wrong
is usually too far to get to.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 20 prompt: Write a ‘what’s wrong or right’ poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

I thought I could eek out one more bad draft but it seems this will be my last one before midnight. And since I can’t finish the third one for today, I’m stopping now to go to sleep. This is the best idea when I consider that I’m actually nodding off at my computer—that’s gotta be a sign.

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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