Poetry Day: Easy to Say

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(This one I remember because I still talk about this issue.  People are always quick to give advice.  They don’t always think about how easy it is to put that advice into practice.  Best example is when you’re told to JUST take 30 MINUTES out of your day for exercise to be healthy.  Tell this to someone who is waking up before dawn and not being able to rest until 9 or 10 PM.  They’re probably not going to jump at the end by waking up earlier or staying up later.  Seriously, why do people think sacrificing sleep is the answer to time issues?  Anyway, you get the point.)

It is the easiest thing
To tell someone
The actions they must do
Opining like a sage
Making the impossible
Sound like common sense

The truth
Is that we are merely talk
Spouting pure advice
That one can take
Or toss into the trash
Depending on their mood

We rarely think
Of the fretting chooser
The one who will soon act
And change a point of life
Reaping consequences
Both dark and light

It is worse
When the chooser is trapped
Crying to get out
Yet too weak to move alone
Fearing either choice
Until paralysis sets in

Friends and family
Swarm like gulls
Chattering their views
Some are wise
While some are blind
All miss a subtle point

It is easy to give voice
When you are not the trapped
Orating what to do
From the safety of the fringe
Ignorant of all emotions
That the chooser is at war with

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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4 Responses to Poetry Day: Easy to Say

  1. L. Marie says:

    Well articulated! Yes, how easy it is to give advice. I instantly tune out when someone starts with, “All you have to do is . . .” or “Oh it’s simple”–like the advice given fits all scenarios. What’s right for some might not be right for others.


  2. Well said, Charles.

    Liked by 1 person

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