Acceptance and Condemnation
by Jason Tomlinson

Things are the way things are for a reason
current events have specific roots specific histories to the season
where things went awry and that impacts today
but when I remembered what it was it did nothing to make me feel okay
I let it out for some who I knew would understand
no back talk no advice no judgement no demand
but there was one still to let in on my realization
would there be acceptance or would there be condemnation?
the anxious dichotomy seals my lips
uncertainty is the guard for potential slips
the scarcity of safety is nothing new for many
I am no different as I have hardly any