the path of least resistance

if madeline is happy
then we are happy too
we dance and shout
and run about
while she plays the kazoo
if madeline is melancholypug-1209129_960_720
then we are that as well
when tears of sadness fill her eyes
we comfort her and empathize
though she can’t always tell

when madeline is moody
we’ve learned to keep our distance
when storm clouds break
we tend to take
the path of least resistance
we go as far as we can get
so she’ll have no regrets

© 2016 kStan(ly) Lanning
picture by unsplash, courtesy
created for the Daily prompt – moody

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