I Don’t Develop

I have seen you before and again and again.

After all, marriage was supposed to be a permanent state before

The cities of selfishness rebelled in the sixties

And independence became praised as an isolated form

Of glossy self-development.


I don’t develop.

I think it’s a form of sociological political correctness.

It is retarded

Like hippies looking for eternal truth or a yoga pose.

I don’t meditate.

I be.


I laugh at all my friends who got divorced

And think that they’ve found some wretched form of independence

Or facsimile of self-knowledge.


They figure,

“Screw the kids,

I’ll be a dutiful visiting husband while they cry,

‘I want to die’

And feel loneliness like a snowball in a spring thaw.”


I think divorce should be illegal,

Unless harassment raises its bullying red flag.

Divorce is bull.

You can’t hide behind a cape, a failed escape from horns.

How can you be so stupid as to think you will get along better

With the next victim?

We only marry ourselves.


And divorce is an amputation not a resolution.

The sadness of your separation is the unification of your walk

Down an aisle with loneliness.


I tell a liberal Jewish friend that the failure of blacks

Is single-parenting.

Most blacks agree with me.

He says I’m prejudiced.

I am.

I am bigoted against the failure of families and their negative

Encouragement from confused liberals.

Stupid is a generous attitude to failure rather than corrective love

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com

About the author

David Lawrence

David Lawrence

David Lawrence has a Ph.D. in literature. He has published over 200 blogs, 600 poems, a memoir “The King of White-Collar Boxing,” several books of poems, including “Lane Changes.” Both can be purchased on Amazon.com. He was a professional boxer and a CEO. Last year he was listed in New York Magazine as the 41st reason to love New York.

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