Three Word Wednesday requires participants
to use the three words of the week in a composition.
The words this week were Regulate, Habitual and Distraught.
Donning the Familiar
It is easy to slip into the familiar,
To don the well-known and the well worn,
Like a warm fleecy slipper;
The tyranny of the habitual.
The dulling comfort of the routine.
In such a way we regulate our lives,
Control what comes in,
Control what goes out,
Embraced and enrobed
In the soft, warm gown of the known,
Never to meet the alternative,
The harsh and rough vestments
Of doubt and learning.
Never to encounter the coarse
Fabric of the unfamiliar
And the uncomfortable.
No, we retreat into secure, wrapped
In the soft Terri towel of the certainty
That only ignorance can bring.
Should we stop to think?
Stop to question the orthodoxy
Of our views,
Inherited and embraced,
In their iron-clad entirety.
We run the real risk of—
What are we afraid of?
Would questioning leave us distraught?
Floundering, unable to touch the bottom
Of the paddling-pool of life?
Confused, wondering what to believe?
© J Cosmo Newbery 2013