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A/f/ Fair Cliché

Life is not fair,

no it is not. What

you make of it

is what life is.

Some of us had

several productive lives

whatever that means.

Depends whose standard

you would like to apply.

Humanity: nothing is fair.

Can we ever just

value a life as a life

without putting some

invisible or visible

set of standards

for all to bear. I think

we all bear enough just

living! Just saying; not

everyone can live up

to anyone else’s

expectations. If we super-

sede others standards

whatever that means.

Maybe I shoulda, coulda,

woulda, stepped outside

of a relationship or

marriage for whatever,

but I never. Was that fair

IDK. Tests aren’t fair.

Everything is wrong

with us, if we answer

with populous remarks; or

everything is right with us.

Now, just living! Sorry.

No longer listening.

Is rhyming fair is not

rhyming fair. Fair is a

Word like Right. Or wrong.

So I am square, so the

world is round. No fit;

there obvious? Not really.

Easiest way is this a fair?

I have not answered

the questions.

My fair is from a

time long ago. So,

it seems: fair to say,

I love you, too. Fair

for you not to say;

“I love you.” Non

expression, just is

not fair. Fair is a

verb. Coffee, &

sharing life is love.

Being loving is fair.

Verbiage makes all

things fair. Say what

you mean & mean

what you say. I am

always listening. An

oxymoron; in the end.

Fair is an oxymoron.

  1. November 7, 2014 at 3:42 am

    life is not fair…it is rather funny that we expect it to be…it would not be fair, if we all just did what we wanted, as it would rub up against someone elses expectations of fair…fair is an expectation in and of itself…and a judgement based on our own expectations…an oxymoron, perhaps, life tends to be full of contrasts, more so than fairness


  2. November 7, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Say what

    you mean & mean

    what you say…that stood out for me… in this there is a certain fairness…


  3. November 7, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Fair is an oxymoron. Great exploration of the word. You logic the poem the entire way through and it’s enjoyable and revealing as well. Poem well done! Thank you.


  4. November 7, 2014 at 5:46 am

    yes – life isn’t fair which is why a level playing field is so precious. Oxymoron fits – nice.


  5. November 7, 2014 at 6:29 am

    It certainly is..I sense almost a futility in this…I think it takes a lot out of someone to have a series of unfair things happen, especially if they are not breaks of joy in between. That puts one on guard for future “changes” or surprises.


  6. November 7, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Ha, yes, very true! I like your witty, chatty, ironic take on the prompt! Yes, coffee is fair… one of the few things that is (and even then, I have my doubts about just how much of the revenue goes to the farmers).


  7. November 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    fairtrade coffee is fairer but I still like it very dark.. indeed fair is an oxymoron.


  8. Glenn Buttkus
    November 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    even the bastions of fairness, like professional sports, the Olympics, education, are not fair; someone always has an advantage, & thus is more successful. Even a struggle that might be fair, that ends in a tie, an impasse–is that fair? Are politics fair? Is democracy fair, or capitalism, or police brutality, or sexism, racism, murder, disease??? Perhaps for a sweet moment every twice in a while, the wind is fair, until it isn’t.


  9. November 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Jumped into your stream (of consciousness) right at the beginning and rode it right through. Thanks for adding some rapids and quiet spots. Loved the thoughts.


  10. November 8, 2014 at 3:31 am

    quite an exploration..very commendable..


  11. November 8, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I SO enjoyed this ! I have not yet written about Fair………the poem I would write, I likely will spare people. Your interior monologue is very enjoyable to read. Loved it.


  12. November 8, 2014 at 5:37 am

    Fair is that one thing we can’t depend on. You say this and much more so very well.


  13. November 9, 2014 at 5:11 am

    Love the line about fair is a verb. So true!


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