Tipping The Scales

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~”Life:  Paradox And/Or Balance”  (posted by Sumana)

Our life is a hybrid of opposites and we struggle to strike a balance between the two forces.

In this whirlpool of apathy and care, brutality and kindness, faith and doubt, pleasure and pain human life shines in its perfect balance.

Explore the opposites and let all merge together in a harmony that life is.

Or you might either write about the antithesis that life is or an impossible balance that life is.

“Every exit is an entry somewhere.”— Tom Stoppard

“Life is strong and fragile. It’s a paradox…..It’s both things, like quantum physics: it’s a particle and a wave at the same time. It all exists all together.”— Joan Jett

Illiteracy – Intelligence

Balance swings
in favor of
when education

Wealthy – Poor

Although there are
more poor than wealthy,
wealth rules. If wealthy
people are charitable
and care, balance
could improve.

Prejudice – Tolerance

Bias may be passed down
by generation. Again,
education can improve
attitudes. Learning
other cultures, conversing
with people different
from you, can benefit
each side, and the scale
would tip towards tolerance.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Tipping The Scales

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    Love how you’ve captivated the ultimate truth with all the opposite images. Beautiful.


  2. oldegg says:

    Sadly humans are quite intolerant and hate differences.In fact we can be quite an ugly race at times especially when you see how much investors make out of armaments.


  3. susanstoo says:

    “Balance swings
    in favor of

    This series on education, takes on the disparities in education and their lies. Thank you.


  4. gillena cox says:

    “can benefit
    each side, and the scale
    would tip”

    Thats really what its about isnt it, the tipping of the scale.
    Much love…


  5. Yes. Humans need to realize there is no “Other”….just another human, trying to live his or her life.


  6. pvcann says:

    wonderfully counterposed to make the point.


  7. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Life shines in its perfect balance, indeed. We either appreciate that or complain. 🙂


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