Bitterness (poem)

Bitterness
by
C. S. Mingus

Everyone says you should not smoke.
Everyone says you should not drink, in excess or even at all.
Everyone says you should not consume soda, even diet soda; OK I agree with diet soda.
Everyone says you should meditate.
Everyone says you should stretch every day.
Everyone says you should workout every day, or at least every other day.
Everyone says you should walk 10,000-steps a day, which is equivalent to five-miles.
Everyone says you should not run.
Everyone says you should get a massage each week, or even each month.
Everyone says you should not eat fast food.
Everyone says you should eat chocolate.

Everyone says you should be having sex.
Everyone says you should be having safe sex.
Everyone says you should smile all the time.
Everyone says you should not stress.
Everyone says you should not fly in a plane.
Everyone says you should take public transportation.
Everyone says you should worship God.
Everyone says you should drive an electric car.
Everyone says you should travel the world.
Everyone says you should like this type of music.

Everyone says you should not like that type of music.
Everyone says you should not put your resume in first person format.
Everyone says you should write a cover letter.
Everyone says you should send a thank you note after an interview.
Everyone says you are not trying hard enough.
Everyone says you are trying too hard.
Everyone says to just do it.
Everyone says it is better than nothing.
Everyone says you should not watch TV in the dark.
Everyone says that there is nothing good to watch on TV.

Everyone says you should not curse; well I do have to say fuck that to that one.
Everyone says you should masturbate.
Everyone says you should not masturbate.
Everyone says you should go to church.
Everyone says you should watch the sun set while sitting on a beach.
Everyone says you should give ten-percent of your annual gross income to charity.
Everyone says you should volunteer.
Everyone says you should only have sex with someone you are legally married to.
Everyone says you should drive the speed limit.
Everyone says it happens for a reason.

Everyone says never give up; and of course never surrender.
Everyone says you should like this movie.
Everyone says you should like that movie.
Everyone says you should not eat processed food.
Everyone says you need new clothes.
Everyone says you should donate your old clothes.
Everyone says you need to pay your bills on time.
Everyone says you should join this group.
Everyone says you should join that organization.
Everyone says you should volunteer since it gives meaning to your life.

Everyone says you should have a dog.
Everyone says you should have a cat.
Everyone says you should ride a horse.
Everyone says that hugs are good.
Everyone says everyone should have equal rights regardless of their race, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, etc.
Everyone says you should forgive.
Everyone says you should eat ice cream.
Everyone says you should network to get a job.
Everyone says you should be more outgoing; to an introvert.
Everyone says you should be less gregarious; to an extrovert.

Everyone says you should use a headhunter to find a job.
Everyone says you should take a hot bath to relax.
Everyone says you should drink green tea for your health.
Everyone says you should see your doctor.
Everyone says you should get an STD test if you are sexually active.
Everyone says you should go to this restaurant when you are in that town.
Everyone says…

And sometimes people wonder why I am bitter.

(c) 2014 Fly By Night Crow Publishing

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