by Jonathan Kraft
written 12. April, 2009
To be able to
The benefit of the doubt.
That at heart
That they want to do what’s right.
History has so many examples
to show that’s true.
Are those stories just fables?
Tales made up for dreamers like me?
I’m surrounded by amazing people.
But people, in general, don’t do what they say they will do.
People, in general, will lie to make the “facts”
more accommodating to what they want.
People, in general, aren’t willing to be
so they can do
so they can have
No, people are (pretty much)
where they are,
will do what they’ve been doing,
and will lull or fool themselves into acceptance of mediocrity…
(with rare exception).
So where does that leave me?
A dreamer? A hopeful? Someone who
does what he says he will do,
or fixes it with apology and action?
What am I to do with my (apparently)
What am I to do
with my belief in the good of people?
My mind says
my belief and trust
have about the value
of snail slime
on a sidewalk
But my heart says I must maintain the belief.
I don’t want to be cynical.
I don’t want to mistrust.
I want to value the best in others
by expecting they will do
what they say they will.
But that’s not true.
I’m losing my hope and innocence.
And that’s sad.