Quiet sincerity

575d3e8450d2b93d9ae583716b569a05I learned

long after I should

friendship comes not

in fizz and pour

nor the brightness of

shower and radiance

nor promise and its papery craft of bows

but more often unexpected slow

hesitant over years

water leaving her tears on

marble rock

stalwart and less demonstrative

a cat who watches food put out

does not immediately approach

I fell for the fireworks

the hot kiss on lost ego

glittering words

feathered protests to believe

those party animals in their tinsel crowns

pushing me toward celebration

in those days I did not mind

the quiet soul who hung back

someone you could call upon

when deserters ran out of festivity

turned their backs on former animation

I was suckered by their demands to believe

their loudest call was truth, hear me!

now I know quiet love is the steadiest

those who may seem cold or aloof

often outlast town crier

hawking themselves for fancy

I’m sorry it took me so long to

understand silence and softness

are more often truth

much like the piper who

sung children through the mountain

bewitching their longing for loud

merriment

before they grew and knew

the sweetness of sincerity

whispered

17 thoughts on “Quiet sincerity

  1. This is what you were talking about under my post “When I do” and even though this is much more eloquent and gorgeously written, the message is the same. It takes time, dammit. Whether it’s a lover or a friend, it’s about time.
    You shouldn’t berate yourself though, we’ve all fallen for that coup de foudre thingy, it’s so intense and there is that urge to go with it, but we know it usually doesn’t end well. How could it though? If we think about it, it makes sense that it can’t be sustained and it can’t be trusted.

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