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You would pay me
in the same coin
as the others:
vacuous words,
as short on truth
as they are sumptuous
in praise
and empty flattery.

Whether I be
sassy and vivacious,
or solemn and mundane,
your language is the same,
as if I were:
just another double-x
to swoon at generic promises
slathered on
without regard
to what is real.

Oh, master of shopworn formula,
I reject your payment.
And you, with singular charm,
deflect all efforts
at barter.

I doubt you'll reconsider,
but if
on some violet evening,
you have a change of heart,
please ask me who I am.
I'll look at the stars
spread like diamonds
across a vibrant sky,
then take your hand
and make a deal:
Trust me
with the currency
of your truth.
I will guard it closely
to my heart,
and give you mine.

This was written for Sunday Scribblings and The Sunday Whirl.


Berowne said...

Beautiful, and rather powerful...

September 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Maude Lynn said...

Smooth as silk with steel underneath. Love it!

September 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Alice Audrey said...

If only more females were smart enough. Then his generic lines wouldn't work at all, and maybe he'd get the hint.

September 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM
brenda w said...

That second stanza contains a truth. You express it exceedingly well.

I like the ending under the expanse of the night sky.

September 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Sabra Bowers said...

Like the story your poem tells and its powerful ending. Great wordle.

September 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM
daphnepurpus said...

Powerful! I like the story you tell.

September 15, 2013 at 4:20 PM
Old Egg said...

This is a beautiful tale but still I feel that hurt is on its way. However for us observers it is a stunning read

September 15, 2013 at 9:05 PM
Jae Rose said...

The violet evening softens the weight of this trade..as others say a beautiful blend of strength and thoughtful tender..

September 16, 2013 at 8:20 AM
Lady In Read said...

especially loved the last stanza..
beautifully written

September 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Vanessa Victoria Kilmer said...

The common language of commerce makes the esoteric so much more powerful.

September 16, 2013 at 12:07 PM
zanzinece said...

Amen Sister! Especially dig “…but if on some violet evening you have a change of heart…” Practically edible, that!

September 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

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