Regarding the doctrine of the mean,
you say if you keep to the middle mean
life will fall between vice and virtue.
What if you come a cropper and your middle flounders
What wanderings awake in your gut?
You say and I quote,
“I mean by, “a middle term of the thing” that which stands at an equal remove from each of the extremes, which is in fact one and the same thing for all; though in relation to us, it is that which neither takes too much or is deficient. But this is not one thing and neither is it the same for all.” (Bk2, Ch6, 1106a 30-34. Aristotle Nicomachean Ethics)
An unleashed thing was upon me,
A great clash coming like metal scraping against metal,
teeth gnashing and jaws breaking open in screams.
Pulled down and back and through myself.
A fierce force moved in the pit of my stomach,
as I met my measured mangled mean.