. Insouciance When circumstances wear you down Consider this important fact: It’s easier to smile than frown. When autumn leaves have all turned brown, Your borders breached, your cities sacked, And circumstances wear you down, Go find yourself another town To capture what you’ve always lacked: A cause to smile instead of frown. Abjure the thrall of cap and gown— No need to think before you act When circumstances wear you down! Though some may think that you’re a clown And say so, lacking any tact, It’s easier to smile than frown. Weak swimmers are foredoomed to drown, A lesson best left un-unpacked; When circumstances wear you down It’s easier to smile than frown. . . Cognitive Dissonance The sum of all our earthly loss Can seem much greater than the pain Our Savior suffered on the cross, But that’s a matter of opinion. One thing’s for sure: our worldly gain Is nothing but an albatross That wrings the neck and dulls the brain In God’s juridical dominion. And yet we blithely go on sinning As we have done from the beginning. . . C.B. Anderson was the longtime gardener for the PBS television series, The Victory Garden. Hundreds of his poems have appeared in scores of print and electronic journals out of North America, Great Britain, Ireland, Austria, Australia and India. His collection, Mortal Soup and the Blue Yonder was published in 2013 by White Violet Press.