Take the High Road ( John Hansen’s Challenge - How to Construct a Short Story/Poem using One Sentence as a Prompt)
I am a novice writer and I do not know if I can even call myself one. However, I believe there is no harm in taking up the challenge. After all, it is by trying and trying that we will be able to improve.
"Never feel shame for trying and failing for he who has never failed is he who has never tried."
Og Mandino, The Greatest Salesman in the World
Never judge people by their appearance, race, and status
Feel and consider how it is to live to be conscious,
Shamed and debased that he has learned to become so cautious
For fear that others will be more callous and obnoxious
Trying so hard to stay low and be inconspicuous
And change to "become one of them" that it is so obvious
Failing to fit in the so-called "standards" can be serious
For the pressure to be accepted can be tremendous
He just prays that tolerance will not be the consensus
Who would want to live in a society where acceptance
Has been denied because you're different is atrocious
Never let others opinion of you dim your focus
Failed attempt to belittle you will make you tenacious
Is it your fault that their thoughts about you are ludicrous?
He will not be pretentious but will be magnanimous
Whoever spread hatred and indifference is vicious
Never walked their path even though the task is mountainous
Tried as they might, they'll fail, for goodness is ubiquitous.
© 2021 Harriet Dionela