What I Should Have Learned from Jane Austen

Oh, how much do I hate pride!

I’ve decided prejudice is pretty bad too.

They keep everyone from being able to confide

And mix up and turn around everything we do.

 

How could I succumb to both?

How could you be their victim as well?

They keep us all from growing close

And make the truth something we won’t tell.

 

Oh, but I played my act well, didn’t I?

And your feelings too have been blocked from my view.

Oh, I’m so scared I’ll hear your final goodbye

And that we’ll never understand what we once knew.

 

Oh, we’ve let this fall so extremely far,

Maybe far too far to pick it up and repair.

If we can’t, this will leave a lasting scar

And I don’t know someone else for whom I could care.

 

My gosh, pride really does go before a fall;

Such a fall, that when you stop the ground’s your friend.

My gosh, prejudice builds such an indestructible wall,

Even when there’s nothing at all to defend.

 

I’m sorry we’re both slow and dumb,

But you only encouraged me to be late.

Even though my heart beats as loud as a drum.

My gosh, what a mess we’ve managed to create!

–Written by Sandy Heights

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