It is not worth

It is not worth

changing your ways

for those who

just want their way.


It is not worth shifting

the ground under your feet

for the vicious ones

who like to dig it out

so you fall in.


It is not worth

opening your soul

for those who do not

recognise the pearl

that grew from pain within.


But it is worth

giving the residue of kindness,

even to those whose

bitterness is their definition.