An Anthem to Old Affinities

I was never what you wanted me to be ...
 your requirements were too cramped, my heart too wide,
 and my eyes would not un-see
 what you didn't know you'd showed me,
 so I sweetly held my tongue and played the game.

I could now explain and justify ... but why?
 Degradation is an IOU due no one, self-abasement ... 
     a crushing mortal sin.
 The choices have been made
 and life moves on.
 There's surely nothing helpful left to say.

I never hated you for what you didn't want to know,
 just wished your certainty extended outward.
 And yet ... what does it matter in the end ...
 for you are only you and I am I,
 as regrets and might-have-beens all fade to black.

Judy L. Smith
Copyright April 2013

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ionutmarius2004
    May 07, 2013 @ 07:01:14

    I like this poem very nice!



  2. maureenjenner
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 04:08:03

    Profound concepts, beautifully expressed. Thank you for sharing them with us.



  3. Janyaa
    Apr 10, 2013 @ 21:30:31

    Loved this! Sometimes the hardest thing is being true to yourself and accepting others are they are…and realizing when the two no longer work together.



  4. Creative Imaginations
    Apr 09, 2013 @ 10:24:29

    This is so beautifully written! Great job!



  5. Rita J
    Apr 07, 2013 @ 12:33:27

    Yes, I loved it! And I meant to say ‘devastatingly beautiful’….:)



  6. Rita J
    Apr 06, 2013 @ 16:27:53

    Wow…devastating and beautiful!



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