What does it mean to be open
To accept new information
Perhaps a style of cope’n
To shield us from frustration
Facilitate cerebral dilation.

What closes the door
Shuts down flexibility
Is it chance, abuse, or something more
That hinders our agility
Turns us toward docility.

How do we respond to the novel
Do we express curiosity
Or blindly retreat to our hovel
Do we extend the hand with generosity
Or clench our fists with ferocity.

To be liberal is to be flexible
To be conservative obdurate
One is open and sensual
The other closed, inconsiderate
Judgmental, and obstinate

Who supports you in a crisis
The one who is adaptable
or the one who is biased
The friend with the smile
Or the narcissist with guile.

Written by : Bob Burnett