Peer Pressure


Sometimes I try to back out gracefully, with one foot
         Dragging a ball and chain.

I remain supple and pliant in the face of opposition—
         That's not the problem.

It's my unspoken resolve to be free of all factors
         That gets me in trouble.

Everyone sees themselves casting the deciding vote;
         My hope is that they abstain.


©2016 Michael Fraley




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