Pragmatics

Be kind to others, counselors advised.
What goes around will come around – you’ll see.
I tried and failed a lot (for I despised
how peers appeared). It didn’t work for me,
until I learned the clue to self-esteem.
Discovering I needed to be proud
tomorrow, of myself, each choice I deem
a chance, so only courtesy’s allowed.

And though sometimes somebody did me wrong,
I soon learned I’m too lazy to hit back.
I’d rather not engage my brain in strong
response or hunt for who might next attack.
The best revenge is living well, indeed –
pragmatic selfishness became my creed.

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