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a friend- so intransigence

I once had a friend iron-willed and rigid
she was uncompromising and stern
          everything carved in stone
she was single-minded mulish
          unyielding-  unwavering in all things

I am an easy-going girl . . . 
my hair a flowing river streaming-  tranquil
oh yes, quite laid-back and calm, almost lackadaisical
           but not weak or meek, or fragile
she never imagined my strength hidden . . .

I accepted her unbending ways (for a time)
her words-  weapons trying to leave scars
never do I recall a person so determined and tough
          so full of turmoil and self-hate
most of the time I tolerated her 
but the wheel of time rolled and rolled
until I got sick of surrendering-  I got sick of her
so, in the most delicate way
          gracefully, kind and casual
and to her shock-  I said 
               I have had quite enough of you . . . 

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July 15, 2019


Poetry/Free Verse/a friend- so intransigence
Copyright Protected, ID 19- 1166-584-02
All Rights Reserved.  Written under Pseudonym.


Written for the contest, Intransigence
sponsor, John Hamilton

Second Place

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019




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Date: 7/27/2019 1:31:00 PM
I have also similar experiences. Some act so stubborn not honoring any good suggestion. CONGRATS to win. Love.
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Date: 7/22/2019 4:48:00 PM
Well done Constance, I'm sure we've all tried to help a friend like this but their intransigence is taxing as you expressed so well. Congrats on a fine win!
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Date: 7/20/2019 5:53:00 PM
I, too, was briefly befriended by this person and like you, I couldn't hack the relationship. I guess everybody knows such a body at one time or another. Your creative lines well define the relationship and the layers of its breakdown. Good luck in the contest and all else ... CayCay
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Date: 7/18/2019 4:55:00 PM
Takes 2 to Tango. Such sad sorrow to loose a friend but if you have had quite enough then the friendship is broken . Sometimes its best for both parties cant keep holding on to slmething if 1 party is not engaged
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Date: 7/17/2019 1:04:00 PM
So true and so sad we must let people go. We need to live.
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Date: 7/16/2019 6:54:00 AM
i had a best friend who i lasted 20 years with, i saw her words cut others and only make little jabs at me until one day i was the only one left to cut deep....i throw the friendship away too....good poem :) hugs
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Date: 7/15/2019 5:39:00 PM
I so appreciate. Your honesty in this finely penned piem. I can relate very well to you. At times we just have to cut chords. I understand the courage that takes, PR
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