Glass Poetry

8 and a half by eleven,

A plate glass panel with engraved poetry,

Live, love, laugh…

Platitudes like ‘ meditate on good thoughts until you can meditate well.

The Quitting Zone

No smoking, no alcohol, no drugs or bad behaviour.

What about letting off steam?

No sex with animals, nor children, or others (when missing consent).

No beating up the innocent, the aggressor, or the fridge.

No wasting away in places of death and disease.

Maybe, I am quitting on myself?

Mature, rigorous moral arguments with myself when I am aware I am about to make a big mistake.

An ongoing mental boxing match pitted against my desire to do harm from time to time.

My life is like all others and yet it is different and unique for all my struggling with self doubt and mistakes and more moral turmoil.

And yet, I pick myself up and with help from others and myself, sometimes it is just me.

Again, I bring it on:  I use my virtue against my vice.

Will it work?