Slay the ogres.

The selfish ogre must go.
This ogre misaligns resources.
Snatching and hoarding,
OOit keeps things out of balance
OOwith its deficit consciousness.
It must be drowned in authentic generosity
OOor smothered with courtesy and grace.

Banish the ogre of fear. It is a liar.
It trembles
OOat the thought of change
OOand newness.
It cowers and defeats itself,
OOparalyzed and untried.
Strengthen yourself
OOwith affirmative thoughts,
OOpeople, and activities.
Defeat it with your courage.

Have no mercy on the mean-spirited ogre.
Can there be a worse villain?
OOthan the one who steals comfort,
OOconfidence, and joy from others?
Destroy that ogre quickly
OOwith your smiles,
OOencouragement, and good will.

Let me not forget the lost ogre.
it’s Its lost in triumphs and regrets
OOof the past.
OOto what has not occurred.
Thoughts always over there.
Never here.
Never now.
Absent, right before our eyes.

Snatch that beast into now.
Confront it with hereness.
Command its presence in this arena.
This one shrivels and dies
OOwith sustained attention
OOto here and now.

And lastly, drive a stake
OOinto the ogre called despondency.
If you entertain it at all
OOit will suck the life out of you
OOand all who draw near.
It shies away
OOfrom your love, laughter
OOand delight in others.
When recognized,
OOstab it with your vibrancy
OOand expose it to the light.

Be a hero.
Seek those ogres,
OOwithout and within.
Slay the ogres
OOwherever they lurk.

© 2020 Tekla A. Syers.  All rights reserved.

Photo by Mohd Alkharji on Unsplash

Tekla A. Syers resides in Chicago as a student and teacher of metaphysics; smitten grandmother; dabbler in culinary arts; semi-retired fund development and nonprofit management consultant; and a craftswoman. She enjoys music and art in myriad forms and makes time to observe and reflect on why folks and things are as they are.

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