They choose feelings of anger

because it’s easier than feeling small.

Why sit feeling defenseless,

when they can instead feel scary and tall?

People feel anger like sharks

feel blood in the water. In a frenzy.

Seeing red and hearing less,

they can smell it from a mile away.

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Maybe I find these people
Exhausting because I know them too well

or maybe it is because
Family is a set of expectations

Arbitrarily set rolls
that have developed through several decades

God forbid we readjust
God forbid we analyze anything

It’s a persistant battle
to claim an imaginary birthright

Hard-ass straight shooter versus
“Kind,” whimsical, idealistic dreamer

Despite the kindess displayed
Being surface level and self-serving

Hard-ass has written for years,
mentioned it, but no one cared to listen.

I wonder why he doesnt dream.
He was never given that luxury

his agreeability
commodified and expected out right

Go against the written script
and you’re the stubborn, obstinate asshole

But the dreamer gets his way
by complaining and leveraging his whine.

I was told to “get a grip”
And dealt with it. I guess I turned out fine.

Moral Superposition

I read the other day

92% of people think

they’re much more moral

than most other people.

Do you think they just gloss over

all their minor transgressions

and minor suggestions

they received on how to be nicer?

All I know is I can’t monitor my tone,

and I should probably get better

at picking up the phone,

and I should definitely roll my eyes less.

So many little lessons

I’m so bad at implementation,

but at least now nightly water glasses

don’t crowd either of our nightstands.

I think I started this poem

as some form of self-validation

like thinking I’m worse

somehow makes me better.

At least I remember what

superposition is

and how it relates

to my conscience.

92% of the time,

I think I’m much worse than I am,

but I really can’t tell

if that puts me with 8% of people.