Poetry Reading – “Assumptions and Practical Cynicism”

Originally published March 6, 2018, this piece was day one of a Three-Day Quote Challenge from one of my beloved blog authors, Dee. I miss those days, and the community I found here. I am sorry to everyone that I have not been as active. My life has changed, and I cannot go back, though I might wish at times I could. I still love each and every one of you, remember you clearly, and hold you in my heart dearly. 💙

“Assumptions and Practical Cynicism” – Recorded 2/23/2021 – Auroraboros – Objects, and the Distance Between Them

The original piece is below for reference, and can be found in its entirety at https://objectsanddistance.com/2018/04/06/assumptions-and-practical-cynicism/

Assume the worst of others, but expect their best.

– Mel DeHaan

Assume the best
Of everyone
Knowing full well
That they are capable
Of their worst

Be prepared
To be hurt
And to have your world
By those you love

Know though
That nothing is built to last
Sometimes it is for the best
When what we have built collapses

It is only when we have lost
That we discover
What we wish to recover
And what it takes to get it back

I was nominated by Grateful Single Mom of the blog Grateful Single Moms to participate in a three-day quote challenge. I am not entirely sure the expectations, which is actually for the best. I cannot promise I will/would meet the expectations of this challenge either way; when I write, I write from and to a very personal place, and I must continue this practice for the time being. That said, I have several quotes that are particularly meaningful right now, so I will work to write with those as a foundation.

I believe I was to nominate three fellow bloggers for this challenge as well. I am going to take a somewhat different approach, and instead just invite anyone reading this to search and determine if you have either a quote that genuinely speaks to you right now, or a response to my quotes/posts, in whatever form you feel comfortable with.

3 thoughts on “Poetry Reading – “Assumptions and Practical Cynicism”

    1. The fire of time spares none; our attachments as dry grass beside ancient tinder oak, waiting only for a careless match or cigarette to drop. Then, the flames will ask in their fury: “How much are you willing to lose to save that which you love?”


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