What’s the Big Deal?

Stepping into that ladies parlor made me shiver,
reminded me of a rich friend’s house, her mother’s
shell pink bedroom with attached bath, gold gilded pink
tufted velvet chair she sat on to apply considerable amounts
of makeup and tease her platinum bleached blonde hair;

It scared the wits out of me how certain people live,
and I, her daughter’s friend, knew secrets she
of necessity would have to learn later, the pregnancy,
her firstborn running away with a beautiful Mexican
boyfriend to marry, something her mother would
never endorse in a million lifetimes;

And I thought then and I think now, what is this path
of exclusion, the shunning of dear family, friends,
people who don’t comply with another’s version
of what they ought to be, how things must look
in order to be acceptable and to whom I cannot imagine
if not themselves, the bitterness rising as gall
in the throat or feeding a tumor, black wad of hate
and resentment somewhere, now hidden, later
to be discovered somewhere in their own precious body;

We are all on this earth to learn unconditional love,
and experience schools us, molds us, polishes us like
diamonds from the roughest coal if we but accept
the tutelage, the sooner the better, in order
that we garner something of value to pass along
to a world in need of wisdom when our time here
is done.

mountains above Peรฑasco, NM ~ bj 2022

21 thoughts on “What’s the Big Deal?

  1. I was just reading an article about the resentment that seems to color everyone’s perceptions these days. We are much better off valuing what we have instead of envying the lives of others. (K)

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    1. I could not agree more! And this viewpoint comes from the fact that we have had next to nothing and we have had a good level of comfort. We’ve never been rich, nor do I think it was suit either of us. We share what we have as well. โค๏ธ

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      1. Exactly. My experiences, and by all means it’s not everyone’s experience, the wealthy spend all their time worrying about keeping their money! I’d rather just *live* my life. I think there will come a time when money is revealed for what it is, simply a medium of exchange. Wampum. So theoretically, what many are doing is actually limiting themselves. Which is a difficult statement for many, given how hard they’ve worked for the money they have. But to me, it rings true. Happy full moon eclipse, Kerfe! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’•

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  2. I agree Bela… Too much finger pointing and throwing stones while living in glass houses.. In other words its time to stop the resentments… Yet this is also a time where we are seeing more than ever divisions .. Is this the Bifurcation as we shift our awareness, our perceptions and energies..??
    For I am seeing it more and more.. Its sad they do not see the damage being done to self, in holding of resentment, anger, jealousy, bitterness and fear.. It eats them away in the end..

    And as I do, all I can do is Let them go live how they wish to live, as I live how I wish to live..

    Food for thought dear Bela… Thank you for sharing your thoughts โค

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    1. Thanks for your deep and incisive comments as always, Sue. All good points. And in the end, all we can do is live as best we can and hope that others awaken. I think these divisions are just inflamed by fear, which is definitely running rampant in some circles these days. Hang in there! I know you will. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

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