Dinner with silly Barry ~

“DINNER WITH BARRY!” a poem, a.k.a.: “The Choices We-Make Are The-Dreams That May-Come; Sometimes Integrity* Is-Just Hiding In Our Bum!” August 18, 2019, Sunday

I had a-dinner with Barry; it was poign-i-ant and grand,

To see my-friend-Barry again – and to-HOLD HIS HAND,

To hear how life has changed for him,

And-about “descriptions:” “MEAN” -and-“PRIM!”

Of: “NARCISSISTIC” “tendencies!” and “CHAOTIC” too!

“STRATEGIC!” and “POETIC!” and “PTSD BLUE!”

I thank him for-the-reminder: THAT PEOPLE, THEY HAVE CHOICES!

I think that’s why SOMETIMES – We tend to raise our voices,

And label things (of course) SIM-PLY-as WE PERCEIVE,

Which-is-inevitable! And, sometimes, SIMPLY (pause) one must leave,

“For the sake of ME,” I say; “and the way I AM!”

It helped me remember (for instance) that-some, they-are-born: “A Ram,”**

An “Aries,”** based on circumstances of their birth,

But (I think-for-instance) no one’s a “congenital liar” when-they’re-born-on-MotherEarth;

Rather I-THINK-that people CHOOSE to lie, based on what they think they MUST do,

To get by each day, to keep body and soul together – and to-help themselves be “true!?”

So, I’m pretty sure NO-ONE IS “A-LIAR,”

BUT – They might choose to lie away! or BE – in a choir,

Yet, that DOESN’T MEAN – that John IS a liar or that Don IS a singer;

Rather, I think it means:

JOHN DOES LIE;

& DON DOES SING;

& Barry’s chosen – to-be a bringer,

Of modest, decent considerations – and honesty to This World!

Yes, that’s what YOU CHOOSE TO DO, as Cody is gently curled,

Upon your perfect, anxious lap,

Acting-as-a-comfort, while-taking-a-restful-nap!

I guess you helped me realize: THAT I (pause) THINK PEOPLE CAN CHOOSE,

TO OVERCOME “INHERENCIES,” WHICH (PERHAPS) THEY CAN NOT LOSE!?

Yet, although-you-MAY-be-right, i.e.: That THEY ARE exactly what they seem,

I-would-CHOOSE-to-believe that INHERENT IS ALTERABLE, and I had a dream:

I had one last night after dinner:

“Two people came to me, ‘A-Saint-e!’ (pause) and ‘A-Sinner!’

They JOINED HANDS and CHOSE to agree,

NEVER TO LABEL OR CALL ONE ANOTHER ANYTHING, EXCEPT ‘You & Me,'”

But both turned to me and said: “You-know, we’re JUST THE SAME,

But our choices might prompt you – to stay – or turn away in shame;

But ONLY because YOU HAVE CHOSEN to be,

With CERTAIN FOLKS – AND – to depart! careful-ly,

From others whom YOU HAVE CHOSEN to avoid,

Because, YOU HAVE DECIDED, based on how some have ‘toyed,’

With your affections that they will (might) hurt,

YOUR CHOICES and, therefore, perhaps-it’s-best-for-you-to-skirt,

Away from them – to-maintain YOUR integri-ty,

Which-really (I think) simply has to do – with “THAT SPECIAL CUP OF TEA,

THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO HAPP’LY DRINK at ‘Tea Time,’ Dear!

OBVIOUSLY!? Can’t-we CHOOSE to drink our tea QUITE CLEAR,

Or add some sugar! and even (dare I say it?) even have a beer,

Or chose to react – or respond – to someone else with fear?!”

We can chose “to protect ourselves?” from the choices of others,

Even though (I think) ALL OF US – are “Sisters” and “Brothers,”

And there ARE tendencies, but I think choices can TRUMP the “lean,”

And make most anyone A TRUMP, not really mean,

But a chooser of mean-ness, whom I BET might be seen,

At some distant, hopeful uncertain date,

To CHANGE (HIS) HEART – and-maybe-ap-preciate,

THAT KINDNESS TOO, although sometimes out of view, IS ALWAYS “THERE,”

& couldn’t Ebenezer Scrooge (like anyone?) change his stripes & care,

For others and their feelings – in (shall I say) “A Barry-ian Way,”

Where we CHOOSE to “barry” lies and meanness! at least for today,

And proceed, as we feel we probably have-to or must,

To get by each day! (pause) For, Barry, I trust,

In YOU! (pause) and in Cody too,

To rise above it all, And to gently “call,”

On others to choose “The Best” they can-be,

And I-THINK-your-EXAMPLE-of-“excellent choices” is-ex-em-plar-y!

You CAN (or could) barry the hatchet,

Or you COULD BE – like Nurse Ratched;***

You COULD BE barry upset – and yell and scream,

Or be BARRY CALM – and-say: “This-is-a-dream,

And I shall react to it – with style and grace,

And I CAN barry judgment – and be KIND, in the face,

Of impossible odds – and un-cer-tain-ty,

And be barry objective, not barry-ing potentially hurtful memories or any feeling,

But-observing-barry-carefully, and-making-the-barry-best-choices,

FOR-MAXIMIZING FUTURE-HEALING!

fin โ™ฅ

Sometimes, if you just sing a song, it helps:

  • – INTEGRITY: the state of being whole and undivided! ๐Ÿ™‚ – Good luck with that!

** – An “astrological” designation, based on what time of the year a person is born!

*** – a seemingly scary and forceful person who demands that you conform, since THAT is (t)he(i)r job to make you . . . conform!

Congratulations with that to ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘

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