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Longing for Kind

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Once she stood outside the circle, pining and afraid
Her best gifts a trifle, far too meager to assuage
The Exalted Ones, but, trembling, she still offered her page

Silence, the only voice answered-

Until, falling from nowhere, his lavish praise
Enveloped, reassured, redeemed, elevated
Suddenly, she was swept along in a flood of belonging
His rite of initiation allowed her into the tribe
She was accepted and glowed with pride

Everything fit, everything clicked-

Then, in a drought of words, his esteem evaporated
His devotion drifted to dust
Leaving her exiled in the desert of disillusionment

She attempted to recover his grace
With honey-coated nuggets of bait

But it was clear another had captured his fickle charm
So she scorned the "damn with faint praise" blow
And learned to harden her fragile ego
She gathered her splintered self to shoulder on
And seek a new sun in a different dawn

"Lonliness is not a longing for company, it is a longing for kind" - Marilyn French, "The Women's Room."


Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 4/23/2018 8:27:00 AM
What it is, I don't know either, but WOW! You don't have to marry me, just admit I'm a person who has ideas and feelings too! I mean that's the way it struck me. Anyway you look at it, a very powerful piece!
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/23/2018 8:32:00 AM
Funny, I was typing my reply to Nina's comment below when this popped up - I do really appreciate your time to read and comment, as I appreciate everyone's efforts, since I know nobody owes me anything - have a great day, Pat!
Date: 4/22/2018 4:35:00 PM
Wow. I love this. I have my own ideas about what it's about! Great writing Michelle.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/23/2018 8:28:00 AM
Thank you, Nina - yes it was inspired by something specific (but that's all I'll say) - have a great day!
Date: 4/22/2018 12:16:00 PM
Lovely, Michelle. A beautiful and much appreciated read.
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Michelle Faulkner
Date: 4/23/2018 8:29:00 AM
Thank you for your kind words!