Thursday, September 11, 2014

Coming Out

I told you I loved you
and assured you that it didn't matter.
"Your skin is your own,
and a heart beats as it will."
But I could feel

you curl back from your truth,
and I'm afraid
that you mistook

the ghosts in my eyes
and all that's wrong with me
for something wrong
with you.

For Izy's prompt at Real Toads

13 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

This is brilliant, Mama Zen. Profoundly wise. Love "the ghosts in my eyes".

Sylvia K said...

Heart wrenching, but so true for many. Thank you.

Other Mary said...

I just love the lines, "you curl back from your truth" and "the ghosts in my eyes."

Kerry O'Connor said...

I often wonder about a person who willing accepts love from someone but holds back on the same level of commitment themselves. Why must a declaration of love come with an apology? I feel the sincerity of the speaker here and commend her generosity and perception of character.

Susan said...

Those lines as everyone above said! Plus, I think in this special case it may take lying more often rather than lying better. You know how corporations think repeating lies make them true? It does change things--if not her, maybe the narrator herself.

grapeling said...

this is beautiful, Kelli ~

Helen said...

Projecting can get complicated as you describe, beautifully.

Fireblossom said...

I read this three times just to savor how perfectly it is constructed. As for the meaning, it's done all in shades of gray and blue.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

This is fantastic, speaks volumes.

manicddaily said...

Lovely--a very cool reversal on what is, I think, the normal psychology, and really wonderful for the prompt. --thanks. k.

manicddaily said...

Lovely--a very cool reversal on what is, I think, the normal psychology, and really wonderful for the prompt. --thanks. k.

Isadora Gruye said...

ohhhhh, feels as I though at the end of this one a mirror was raised and I was forced to look within myself. This one grows so subtly, when I get to the end, I hardly realized my own transformation--well well well done and viva la MZ!

Isadora Gruye said...

ohhhhh, feels as I though at the end of this one a mirror was raised and I was forced to look within myself. This one grows so subtly, when I get to the end, I hardly realized my own transformation--well well well done and viva la MZ!