Putting the Real Back Into Reality


Reality – what’s real – can be described in more than one way.
How you define it is likely your own reality of what you say.
Things and situations usually mean different things to each of us,
For “real” is a matter of personal interpretation, and it must

Meet our criteria for what’s real to each of us, as learned through experience.
It’s clear this varies also according to how difficult the interference
That shaped our ideas about what’s real and what’s not.
However you define your “real,” it likely describes what you got.

Real compared to phony. Real compared to one’s imagination.
Sometimes this reality of ours refers to material creation,
But in order to solve this dilemma, you must first define real
In your heart. And only you can know how well you’ve made your deal.

Lucile I. Burke
January 8, 1999