The Opposite of Confrontation

Withdrawal does not negate
the duplicity of the situation
I am at once compliant
and unruly – conflicted

I do what I can to hush
the rule-breaker, amuse
her with trivial activities
but she is vociferous

Disapproval justify’s itself
with personal anecdotes,
as if judgement is queen
only fuelling righteous rage

I attempt to retreat further
but the beastly turmoil
has grown wings –
consequences knocking

Try as I might to swat it away
my excuses are flimsy,
I am without substantial argument –
best to open the door and let it out.

(Image my own)

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VJ

Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

22 thoughts on “The Opposite of Confrontation”

  1. I love the full breadth of your work here VJ.

    from the opening “Withdrawal does not negate
    the duplicity of the situation
    I am at once compliant
    and unruly – conflicted”

    to the ending..

    “Best to open the door and let it out!

    Excellent!
    💗

    Liked by 1 person

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