Misunderstood [sonnet]

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There’s one thing which is worse than being despised
and that’s when one becomes misunderstood.
Far worse than getting merely ostracised
or any other kind of victimhood.
At least when someone hates you there’s a chance
that spite can be extensively turned round;
whereas misunderstanding is a stance
which means that no solution can be found.
However, looking back across the years
one sees a pattern in the paradigm:
Most artists or freethinking pioneers
were seldom comprehended at the time.
Does this reflect your life-theme perfectly?
If so, rejoice! You’re in good company!

© 2012, Alan Morrison

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