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Ignorance is Bliss

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Ignorance is Bliss

Ignorance is bliss
They say
There was a time
I would disagree
Believing in transparency
Being the key
I’m older now
I understand
That sometimes you can’t walk away
And so you determine
That what you don’t know
Can’t hurt you
If you turn a blind eye
And play the fool
And believe…
That ignorance is bliss

You build for yourself an ideal world 
Of peaches and cream
And sweet comfy dreams
Swearing by trust and honesty
Fidelity and monogamy
A world where affairs of the heart
Are unheard of
A world where you never have to wonder 
Why he’s late again
Or why that trip took so long
If the one who admires him
Who strokes his ego
Is just being nice or
If she’s already stolen his heart
You don’t have to wonder
If that’s you reflected in his eyes
Or someone else that he’s making love to
While you give him every inch of yourself
Body and soul
And even more
It’s enough

Ignorance is bliss
Ignorance is…..bliss
Becomes the mantra
You say over and over
Reminding yourself….
That truth might demand change
That truth might bring separation and pain
Might change your status quo
Push you out of your cocoon of complacency
Might hurt the ones you love

Ignorance is bliss
As you wipe away a tear
And you cry yourself to sleep
Because you know…
You know way too much to still pretend
That ignorance is bliss.

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 6:02:00 AM
    Ouch... that ending hurt like a knife! I could really feel what you were going through, while I was reading. When you love someone from top to bottom and find out irrefutable proof that completely destroys what you thought of them. You describe a very bad situation and an unhealthy relationship. Kidding yourself that everything is fine... extremely well written Eileen!

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/20/2013 10:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Timothy...always a pleasure to hear from you. I'm sure this poem highlights what many women face especially in the sense that they choose to remain in ignorance because the alternative might make life much more difficult for them. Thanks for the compliment. It means a great deal to me. God bless.
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 8:32:00 AM
    Great poem, but I would not want to be in a relationship like that. Thanks for sharing....... Lucilla

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/19/2013 8:33:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Hi, Lucilla. Thanks for the visit.
  1. Date: 4/19/2013 7:55:00 AM
    Very powerful and moving. You do have a way with words. Bliss has never felt so sad as it does here.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/19/2013 8:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for stopping by, Richard. Yes...bliss can be sad indeed.
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 4:15:00 PM
    If you have to hope it's enough then you know it is not. Love the last three lines. Great poem, just great. Take care, Richard

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/19/2013 8:08:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Richard. Your comments are always a joy to read.
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:42:00 PM
    very powerful and wise, especially in the final verse.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/19/2013 8:07:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Ilene. Glad you liked it.
  1. Date: 4/18/2013 2:02:00 PM
    Eileen, this is one poem I can truly relate to. You have voiced this feeling so well, and it makes my heart hurt to remember what this feels like! Wonderful write, my friend, and I hope this isn't actually something you're going through.

    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 4/19/2013 8:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Heather, I've missed your visits. Good to hear from you. Hope all is well with you. :)