we litigate our sorrows
    mediate happiness
    negotiate contentment
barter wisdom for unsuspecting logic

did we stop
for the trust
for the certainty
in what we know
     what we carry

    veiled imperfections
    spiteful recollection
    accepted resentment
the perseverance of inadequacies

as we keep
to the truth
to the familiar
to what we know
    what we carry

    compromised ethics
    unwritten guarantees
    pathetic promises
admit what you have lived through

© 2019 j.g. lewis

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