All anger aside, I tend not to put stock in
an opposing view
when it has been expressed to me
ad nauseam, and with little
evidence to support, against my claim.
It’s like having a severe
allergy to something odd, like apples,
and someone keeps pushing that you
aren’t really allergic, they try to trick
you by sneaking it in your meal, randomly,
hoping to get the reaction of
“Wow, I really loved this,” so they
can confess they put
the allergen into your food,
and be right.
The reality of your throat closing,
swelling, as you gasp for air,
and they hover above you helplessly,
asking you what’s wrong, is a strong one.
The poisoner can’t understand the allergy
since they don’t experience it as you,
don’t feel sick when they eat apples,
don’t think past what their own experience
allows them to.
Whereas the poisonee is so aware
of the allergy, they keep vigilant
of labels in supermarkets, checking
jams, jellies, juices, candies, and
baked goods, before they buy the product.
Likewise, when arguing with someone,
who has taken the cardboard cutout
of their specific argument,
and they get mad because you
“won’t hear their opinion,”
remember to listen to yourself,
and only you: not newscasters,
public opinion, nor thought professed
by higher minds.
You are not less than adult for
backing out of a heated argument when
insults have been cast, nor are you
bitter for your pain, but wise.
Trust your experiences, and your
intuition. Love, if you can manage it,
trust if you dare,
and wrong no one, not even
in a most passionate moment.