If

If in pursuit of happiness,

I have to look left and right

and find problems

that seem bigger than mine-

If in search of peace of mind,

I have to catch

scarier monsters that haunt

another’s waking and sleeping hours-

If in search of acceptance,

I have to seek solace in knowing

a familiar’s untold rejection

and learn I’m not the only one-

I’d rather not have them at all.

If