Where should I start, the mind or the heart?
What about the spirit or perhaps the soul,
Being in a rage or having control?
There could be chaos and confusion on every side of the place where peace resides. Consideration and kindness, why to a fool it seems like blindness.
Should I go to the aged or to the youth, seeking answers, nothing other than truth?
I’ll question weakness as to its forms and ask strength how it remains strong.
If I spoke to patience, what would it say? Or would I have to wait for answers and entire day?
Love needs not be questioned, with its aroma so pleasing to smell.
But hate needs to be asked if that odor its carrying came from hell.
Also I’d like to ask pride about its foolish and destructive side, and find out from jealousy why it’s so ugly and awkward to hide.
Finally I’ll talk to understanding my old dear friend and in his presence is a good place to end.
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