relationships are tainted by prior interactions
those similar are readily familiar
more effort is required to know those not
in order to establish common ground

when successful it makes for a deeper
companionship built on tolerance and respect
I grow from those I know

same for close relatives
we all gain a different perspective
tainted by our interactions
that history includes good and ugly

kinder reflection for human error
enables tolerance and respect
I grow from what I accept

some do require boundaries
for unacceptable behaviour
as insecurities and jealousy
corrode commonsense

limiting harmful behaviour
helps all to grow as they need to know
exactly what is unacceptable

for all relationships need work
which if I shirk
sabotages my maturity and growth
love grows from the seeds I sow

negotiation and compromise
are kindness keys
to build on my humanity

posted on dVerse OLN