Day 17: Tell me Why

Tell me why I say Yes

Repeatedly you come to me
treat me nicely
demonstrating your
good friendship skills. And
then you hurt me deeply
before leaving abruptly me.

Time passes.
There’s no real healing
just finding places to
save and safely vent
until I’m whole again.

Coast is cleared.
I’m civilized again
even in your presence
when, you come to me
treat me nicely and
then I let you in again.
But why,
when I know
what hurt this leads to?

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 17 prompt: Complete the phrase “Tell me why [blank]”; use it as the title and write the inspired poem; details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

As drafts go, this one’s pretty raw. But, it’s what happens. I’ve got company visiting this week, and I really feel the need to be at least somewhat sociable. Stoicism, isolationism, and my loner smolder are shorn off in favor of my celebratory demeanor. And, more’s to follow…

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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