tolerant

 we tolerate most anyone
 who'll join in and discuss
 whatever might be on their mind --
 if that agrees with us.

 for with our type of "tolerance"
 there's no one quite a hero,
 since now, we rarely use the word
 unless it's led by "zero" --

 but maybe it's still possible
 to brook some disagreement:
 and let those others think their thoughts
 and just not be

 vehement

social

 according to this list
of positive character traits
i have been using,
being "social" is one of them.

i don't know;
i guess i'll take
their word for it.

the word has come to have
odd connotations;
as we are discouraged
from being social in any
of the traditional ways.

the preferred method of
being social today, is
to be what was called
anti-social just last year.

but anyway,
being social is a virtue,
because its on this list
and i couldn't have found the list
if someone hadn't been social enough
to post it.

so there.

persevering

 what does it take to persevere?
 why can some do it, while others can't?
 is it genetic? or how we're raised?
 is the soil, or type of plant?

 might we consider: it's both, and neither;
 circumstance has a role, as well --
 what does it take to persevere?
 maybe somebody out there

 can tell

patient

 patience is useful, all the time,
 but very hard to practice,
 because it takes both letting go,
 and keeping on, at once.

 this isn't a thing we do that well:
 we lean more towards complaining,
 not dealing with the minutes that
 can soon turn into months --

 but patience is something we like a lot
 when others have it for us:
 and so, by love's great symmetry,
 we should return, as well,

 the time and space it takes, some days,
 or years, for things to happen:
 to feel the magic, even, when
 we sit and wait

 a spell