Natural Rivalry/Abstract Competition

There’s a subtle but radical
Between natural rivalry
In diverse community
As a challenge
To care for the needs of self and loved ones
As best one can in the circumstances
And abstract competition
As a mind game of human monopoly
Played to win
In closed arenas
At others’ expense
Rivalry is a source
(Not a force)
Of evolutionary attuning –
Sustainability and innovation
Learning to find and create
One’s own niche
One’s dynamic locality in space
In companionship with others
Contributing each in their own way
To life’s continuity
Competition is a dead end
In which all that’s been gained
In cancerous growth
Gets lost
At terrible cost
In fallen empires of one without neighbourhood
Buried beneath sands of deserted time

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