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Don't Turn the Other Cheek: A Rhyme With Message

Val enjoys writing his own style of what resembles poetry, just hoping to catch someone's heart on the same page.


It is possible to continue turning the other cheek when one has stopped counting.

-- Matshona Dhlivayo

I never turned the other cheek

for that second proverbial slap

even while I was little and weak

I wouldn't fall for any of that crap.

Many folks endure the abuse

as if they are asking for more

not aware they could choose

what's behind a bigger door.

Life is too short for a matching test

other than a possible brief probation

but if it doesn't seem to serve us best

we might as well go scrap that relation.

Sometimes we fall for a promised change

giving second, and third chance to our love

only to see it going more and more strange

while we fall for every new song of our dove.

So the only time when I'd turn the other cheek

if a kiss is coming hotter than the first one

it's the "abuse" I'll endure, so to speak

not thinking to either fight or to run.

I would turn religious not even thinking twice

but believing in kiss-for-kiss, not tooth-for-tooth

seeing in that religious racket something very nice

even if I'm turning prophet with my own made up truth.

© 2022 Val Karas

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