Thursday, October 20, 2011

20 October 2011

You wanted to go softly
but your shoes made hard and rough sounds
across the floors.
They should not have held it against you.
I never did.
You wanted to be left alone
to keep the beast's head down
and his howls muffled
but they always called your name
and politely inquired if they could steal
a tiny piece of your soul as a keepsake
which I kept myself from doing, mostly.
In the end, they said you were damaged
even though they had scuffed
and marked you at an early age
but even that
they held against you.
In my head, I always told you
something pretty
in a way that came out right -
for what it's worth.

4 comments:

  1. it's the thought that counts...

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  2. "In the end, they said you were damaged
    even though they had scuffed
    and marked you at an early age
    but even that
    they held against you"

    these lines have just made me weep a little (ok, actually, a fair bit). the closing lines are worth a fair bit.

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    1. Thanks for visiting this old piece Knox. I appreciate you.

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    2. I appreciate your appreciation, and appreciate you too.

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