Number One


The journey into gentleness
Begins with each of us,
But no one wants to sacrifice
Their standing in society.

In our culture we compete;
The drive to dominate
Is rated higher than a hand
Held out to help someone.

So we go along, cheering on
The latest victor while the loser
Lies forgotten, proclaiming
Once again we're number one!


©2016 Michael Fraley




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