Boundary

by Steve Cavin

There is a boundary,

Somewhere between,

Where I begin,

And where you end.


Compassion and meddling,

Generosity and waste,

Earnestness and overkill,

Economy and deprivation.


There is a boundary,

Mind your own business,

Too much information!

They can take care of themselves.


Rights and obligations,

Friends and acquaintances,

Freedom and isolation

Want and need.


There is a boundary

Me and you,

Us and them.

Don't burden me with your problems!


Charity and survival,

Community and self-actualization.

What would life be like

Without that boundary?