Accepted

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these days when
meeting someone new
I don’t immediately
assume that they will
dislike me on sight.

when I look back
I realise that apart from
having learned to concentrate
my lifelong rage against the
oil-slicked, flithy machine
in an appropriate manner,
I have changed little
since I was a child, and yet
in those distant days
though I wore the right clothes
all my peers saw was disguise

now I am accepted and
even respected

I believe it is because
while I have stood still,
they’ve aged into
my way of thinking

maybe I have always
been old

or maybe my parents
were too wise to teach me any
of the false lessons we have to forget
in order to be decent

© Jane Paterson Basil

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5 thoughts on “Accepted

  1. maybe I have always / been old / or maybe my parents / were too wise to teach me any of the false lessons we have to forget / in order to be decent

    That really resonates with me. I have long been a proponent of idea that some of us have very old souls…at least those of us who are not afraid to be open to them. Beautiful.

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    1. I thought of you as I was writing it. I had a feeling it would resonate with you. I’m not aware of having met very many old souls, but I think you are one. I’m not sure what I am though.

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    1. It doesn’t surprise me . I’ve met a few people on word press with whom this would resonate. I suppose it’s natural that we radiate towards each other. had we known each other when we were children, we probably would have been friends.

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