for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt where the given word is Abysmal and the word limit 93
How do we keep arriving at the same place?
Disrespect, intolerance, atrocity.
Anger, hate, war.
Should it be such an effort
to be sincere, kind, thoughtful
helpful, collaborative, inclusive
Our norm continues to be
Mistrustful, defensive, offensive
Fearful, fear mongering, belligerent
With the best of intentions and assumption of sincerity, I
Misdirect, deflect, protect
Hunker down, build a fence, assume offence
In my heart, I believe and hope that I am more than this
Respectful, hopeful, generous and inclusive
Open-minded, unassuming and impartial
But I am human. I am animal. I am too, Abysmal.