CHOICE AND ACCOUNTABILITY Poems
WHAT IS ORANGE?
Orange is juice; it is apricots, peaches, soda pop;
Orange shimmers; it is sweet like lollipops, sherbet, bubblegum
Orange is basketballs; Halloween;
Orange is razz-ma-tazz;
Orange shouts “This is what I am”;
It’s brave, unique, unusual,
Orange knows no fear . It’s true to its self.
What is Orange?
Orange is the gift to us of Choice & Accountability
Choice and Accountability
Feel me. I am your freedom.
I am your wrong decision and hard consequence.
But then I am your sacrifice and your rich blessings.
Your knowledge needs me to grow.
I am the reason you have knowledge.
I am responsibility.
I am the freedom and justice.
I hold wisdom and foolishness.
Truth and untruth.
And the difference between them.
There are two parts to me.
One part cannot exist without the other.
I am a pattern, consistent and strong.
You experience me all throughout your life.
You need me to learn.
I will teach you if you pay attention.
I am your Choice and Accountability.
Life isn’t about keeping score.
It’s not about how many friends you have,
Or how accepted you are.
Not about if you have plans this weekend or if you’re alone.
It isn’t about who you’re dating, who you used to date,
how many people you’ve dated, or if you haven’t been with anyone at all.
It isn’t about who you have kissed.
It’s not about sex.
It isn’t about who your family is or how much money they have,
Or what kind of car you drive.
Or where you are sent to school.
It’s not about how beautiful or ugly you are.
Or what clothes you wear, what shoes you have on, or what kind of music you
It’s not about if your hair is blonde, red, black, or brown,
Or if your skin is too light or too dark.
Not about what grades you get, how smart you are, how smart everybody else thinks you are, or how smart standardized tests say you are.
It’s not about what clubs you’re in or how good you are at “your” sport.
It’s not about representing your whole being on a piece of paper and seeing who will “accept the written you.”
****LIFE JUST ISN’T****
But, life is about who you love and who you hurt.
It’s about who you make happy or unhappy purposefully.
It’s about keeping or betraying trust.
It’s about friendship, used as a sanctity or a weapon.
It’s about what you say and mean, maybe hurtful, maybe heartening.
About starting rumors and contributing to petty gossip.
It’s about what judgments you pass and why.
And who your judgments are spread to.
It’s about who you’ve ignored with full control and intention.
It’s about jealousy, fear, ignorance, and revenge.
It’s about carrying inner hate and love, letting it grow, and spreading it.
But most of all, it’s about using your life to touch or poison other people’s hearts in such a way that could have never occurred alone.
Only you choose the way those hearts are affected, and those choices are what life’s all about.