I’m a big believer in vulnerability,
Earning your way,
All that stuff that might be considered
Old fashioned or New Age
Depending on your upbringing.
But I’ll be the first to acknowledge
That people I let in my circle
Better understand certain basic rules
1. Don’t talk in the car.
2. Never use the same payphone twice.
3. Just because you have one, doesn’t mean you have to be one.
There is too much going on for people to be worrying
About math problems,
The only ones mattering now are those related to bills.
Teachers and assignments are secondary
To understanding how to think,
How to cope,
How to be responsible for us all.
A fancy car,
Access to internet connections,
None of that matters to me.
Vulnerability, trust, compassion, hard work,
Earning your way
Those are the things that do.
Status, where I’m concerned, is everything there.
I won’t be vulnerable to people I don’t trust.
I won’t work hard for friendships
With those who can’t earn their way into my circle,
Which is fine, because I’m at ease with social distancing,
Running my own routes,
Finding peace swimming alone.
As Marlow said, “The game is the game.”
And I only play with people I trust.