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A Compromise

July 3, 2015

A Compromise

“The asteroid Vesta was once a planet — and was demoted with little fanfare. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA)”

On those increasingly rare occasions

When I feel that the person I love and want most is capable of loving me

Then I find that that hopeful thought leads me to a happy day

A day when I might meet people gladly

With a lively interest in what they may have to say

And they, sensing that love inside me, respond in a natural and comfortable way.


But if that day is not today,

If my poor little Vesta is not the planet I want her to be

Gleaming brightly with possibility,

Seems only to be another icy rock

That wants to fall away and be lost

Then my spirit is empty and my heart is locked.


I plod on along the grim and endless seeming path

That one has to follow, simply trying to survive,

Filling the void with consumer junk and light entertainments

Responding to every dubious offer or command from above

As though it were some abstract or obscurely proffered form of love,

Until I get bored and critical, waiting for my turn to disappear.


If, now that the guiding star of my universe has got herself lost,

I am to go about again with some semblance of pride

Not shrinking away from every other passer by, expecting rejection,

Or biting their heads off, so angry am I at their indifference,

Then I need to find some compromise

A change of heart and mind that I can steer by.


I shall tell myself this, though she cannot be

As close to me as I would want her to be,

We are still connected in some way;

The lines of love that we have shared

May disconnect, snap away in places, grow very thin

But they remain, bright as ever, for all to see


Reflecting a certain gleam, in her face as well as mine

And my poor lost Vesta will not be too cold, though so very far away,



From → Critic, Poet

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