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Proximity does not necessarily guarantee an accurate perspective, nor does it assure respect or genuineness from others of similar-interest. Sometimes that mental-picture we have of ourselves needs a reboot….
to the blind-spots
(we all have) for others, the kind
of cecity that breeds subtle prejudice
for friendly’s and those of
Lowering the shields
carries a price
(more often than not)
especially from the ones who
arouse (in us) a strong sense of kinship,
which obliges us to drop our guards…
I recall a prototypic writer
telling me how
he’d embraced the
notion of bonding with
people he barely knew, and,
how less than a year passed before
the groups window-dressing disintegrated
and laid bare their aberrant-hearts…
‘It changed me,’ he sighed despairingly,
‘I gave honestly to them
from my springs, sharing only the
most salutary, they relished the action,
gracefully (at first) accepting my
gifts as nourishment,
they ingested me on white china,
and drank me eagerly in antique crystal,
I was amply spread upon freshly-baked-bread;
all this as my inwardness was artfully purloined by
dirt-bags and plagiarists posing as friendly's.
NEVER AGAIN!’ The man avowed angrily…
I saw red,
as well, that day,
being keenly aware
of how many are forced
within fortresses, or the
dark-places of past wounds,
haunted by poverty (once endured)
or bearing the oily-sins of unforgiveness;
by giving too much and never finding respect;
from a selfless-struggle in a soulless-system, where
the ongoing attacks of rotter’s and rogues
oblige us, at some point, to establish
safe-zones to protect
from marauders, who, with
violent insatiable passions, seek
to plunder fragile-hearts relentlessly or,
with crisis-of-thought, destroy all we hold dear...
richard lloyd cederberg
Between the Cracks
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|Reviewed by Morgan Merriweather
|Empathy is hard to come by. Meaning, having dealt closely with many whom operate on the "how is this going to effect me" and that dictates their behavior accordingly. Usually not appropriately. In your intro if you put stanza three there, I wonder how this would read? This gentleman seems to be an interesting individual. Really liked this.|
|Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger
A surreal look at ever trusting without your guard in tact...with crisis-of-thought, destroy all we hold dear...Splendid write Richard.
Lasdy Mary Ann
|Reviewed by jude forese
|one must not rely on anyone's "genuineness" except their own ... i believe that why your poetry is always conducive to original thought ...|
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|Based on the other comments here, you have struck a chord. It seems to be a rather pessimistic viewpoint, but very well stated… Especially the part where you are quoting the other writer eloquently.
While I have encountered many deceivers in my long career among social climbers and plagiarizing competitors in the free-for-all, rough-and-tumble striving to succeed, I have been deceived very little. Perhaps it is because I have shied away from joining groups very deeply and always fended for myself. Ridding my environment of bad apples in favor of fair and honest associates. I seem to have a good ability to size people up, and am not afraid to end a relationship quickly that I perceive won't be mutually beneficial.
|Reviewed by Edward Phillips
|Superb! I have tried to make the same point in essay format. Yours is much harder hitting, while it shakes the soul. Piercing.|
|Reviewed by Ed Matlack
|A thoughtful write & quite possibly one of your very best...as it seems to speak to me today after having a problem with my other half and me desiring some time to myself, and she crying and slobbering all over the phone to please do not break "it" off...I wasn't trying that, i just wanted a little time to rearrange my thoughts, but all that crying got to me and we are back together, though I can rearrange thoughts when I alone at home...anyway this felt very appropriate for me today, thank you for writing it...how did you know...? LOL -e-|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Powerfully meaningful and most à propos, Richard. This certainly makes me think. Thank you. Love and peace to you,
|Reviewed by Jeff Mason
|Very deeply-striking prose. Especially love "...they ingested me on white china, and drank me eagerly in antique crystal..." - what a picturesque image of a "gilded feast;" and you (he)... the appetizer; betrayal... the main course; served with... relish. Nicely crafted Richard. -- Jeff Mason|
|Reviewed by Odin Roark
|The layered reach of this piece is somewhat frightening, as it sheds light on many of our ill-perceived trusts. But, as you steadfastly hold, there is little to trust, knowing as we might, a person's projection may be but a defense, rather than a sincere image of them. Well penned.|
|Reviewed by Douglas Bentley
|Very honestly written. I especially like the end "marauders . . .who sent to plunder. . . . .destroying all we hold dear." Chills went up and down my spine when I read those lines. This is some of your best stuff.|
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