The Temptation of Easy

The temptation
of easy is always there,
curling into curves
needing to be filled.

It drops breathy promises
into ears already scarlet
at the thought of the thrill

of how much more smoothly
I can glide over the roughness
if I just ignore a few things.

But it would take a better liar
than I to convince myself
to lay back and close my eyes

when I know action,
my actions,
could make a difference.

Photo by Oliver Roos on Unsplash



Liner Notes for This Groove: This poem was created for the prompt given at Poets and Storytellers United, Between What is Right and What Seems Easy.

32 comments:

  1. Bravo! It may be the harder way but will be better to look back on, I think.

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  2. Easy seems soooo much better

    Muchđź’›love

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  3. This is awesome! And so very real. I can imagine just how glorious our world could be, if more people did something.

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    1. LOL, this was inspired by Star Wars explanation of the how easy and seductive the Dark Side was. I just ran with it.

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  4. "But it would take a better liar
    than I to convince myself
    to lay back and close my eyes" In the end you have to live with yourself and regrets are no fun. (I love that you thought of Star Wars for this prompt.)

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    1. Exactly. I think people forget about the whole living with themselves aspect.

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  5. Good choice. The other way you'd always have a regret to haunt you. Unless you were in luck and the easy way turned out to be the better choice.
    My 'Fork in the Road', https://jimmiehov6.blogspot.com/search?q=fork+in+the+road
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    1. I think "what-ifs" are bound to creep in, no matter which way you go. But knowing that you did the right thing should, hopefully, bring some comfort.

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  6. People choose the 'easy' mostly. Sometimes it turns right and sometimes not. Your verses are apt here especially these'when I know action,
    my actions,
    could make a difference'.

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  7. Ah Temptation. If only we didnt have to pay the piper. Nice write. Makes one think!

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    1. The piper will always come collecting, one way or another

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  8. we always look for the path of least resistance, the temptation of easy is always there. this poem is a timely reminder.

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  9. Luckily avoiding what was wrong was drummed into me when I was a youngster.

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    1. Many of us probably did, but the level to which it sticks to some can vary. :D

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  10. Love it. I agree and I love your poetic description of easy.

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  11. Consequences, consequences. Yes indeed.
    Happy Sunday

    Muchđź’›love

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  12. I'm reminded of the poem "The Man in the Mirror" by Dale Wimbrow. It is so wise, and addresses the issue of easy and right so well.

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  13. Oh, yes! I imagine cutting corners and having to lie about it. Things ignored tend to pop back up though.

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    1. Lies take on a life of their own, true enough

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  14. That definitely made me think. Although I am more someone who lets others walk over them to avoid conflict, rather than one who avoids arguments for ease!

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    1. I can't say I enjoy getting into conflict with others either. And sometimes backing off can be the harder path.

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  15. Yes! It can be hard, but if you have values they need to mean something - it's a difficult road.

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  16. Easy is so tempting! I heard two people talking one day. The person asked, but how do I know it's my soul talking. He said, you probably know it's your soul, because it would be something, you don't want to do! LOL! Big Hugs!

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