Middle Ground

where the grey line runs
between absolutes,
the flaccid middle ground
at the edge of which
the truth in the mirror
is a lie;

they shake hands and depart,
leaving a little of themselves,
leaving a little broken,
leaving a wave of guilt and shame
under the false glimmer
of yet another promise;

watch if your eyes will dare to see,
as pain trades with memory,
as want masquerades as need,
as love swallows a tear,
or two,
as truth nibbles at fear;

for the clouds flirting
with the nubile moon,
have long known
that she has secrets to hide,
why cry, they seem to call to me,
this is the way of the sky.

 

For the midweek prompt at Poets United: “compromise”
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30 thoughts on “Middle Ground

  1. Truth unveils; it’s nibbling at fear is an unqualified good; and by a tiny stretch of imagination we can glimpse it hacking away at the “wave of guilt and shame” as well. So what if the way of the sky is to hide; the unveiling will put the sky to shame πŸ™‚

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  2. What a wonderful exploration of compromise – i think perhaps we live most of our lives in the middle ground where ‘truth nibbles at fear’ – and yet as the sky tells us – that is how things may just be

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  3. Oh! Wow! How much we bite our lips to walk that thin line when it preserves relationships. I much prefer consensus to compromise, but it takes so much longer. I love the Moon here, the images that come to mind of love and night as this poem opens to me.

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  4. watch if your eyes will dare to see,
    as pain trades with memory,
    as want masquerades as need,
    as love swallows a tear,
    or two,
    as truth nibbles at fear

    Powerful lines!! ❀

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. How beautifully you have written this. Mutual agreement is one thing but pressure to change one’s mind is another when it might be best to agree lest one gets hurt. many nations have been embroiled in war seeking friendship with a strong neighbor.

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