Ought and Is

Ought and Is

there's what politics 
ought to be
and there's what politics
is

there's what religion
ought to be
and there's what religion
is

there's what art
ought to be
and there's what art
is

there's what love
ought to be
and there's what love
is

there's what family
ought to be
and there's what family
is

there's what sex 
ought to be
and there's what sex
is

there's what a person
ought to be
and there's what a person
is

from what i can tell
the rotten is
of politics or religion or art or love 
or family or sex
isn't too far off
from the is
of most people

it's hard to agree
what any of it
ought to be
but few
would disagree
what it is
don't much resemble
what much of anybody
thinks
it ought
to be

and it's a strange thing
that when the is
is what it is
for long enough
we just accept things
for the way they are
even when 
they aren't anything
anymore
like the way
they ought to
be

so we compromise
by cornholing
the present is
from behind
as it
cornholes us too
with the is
that's us
too passionately consumed
with reciprocal reaming
and
too afraid
stupid
embarrassed
or ashamed
anymore
to ever look 
the oughts
in the eyes
as we fuck

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