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Realism: A Tritina (National Poetry Writing Month #7)   Leave a comment

I see the good in people and I feel like an optimist.
But I hear about the evil in the world, and it makes me a pessimist.
I don’t want to seem like a downer, so I say I’m a realist.

But is it a lie to tell people I am a realist
If, once upon a time, I felt like an optimist
But the world beat me down into the shape of a pessimist?

Or, am I actually a fake pessimist?
Lying to myself about being a realist,
When I am secretly an optimist?

I think, as a realist, I am just an optimist who wants to be a pessimist really badly.

– Shaman Romney 2016

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Posted 04/07/2016 by Shaman in National Poetry Writing Month 2016

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