As I drew back the curtains, I loosened the seams by mistake,
Revealing the inner substance of this partitionary state,
Used for segregation, to control the way things are,
Seeing how frail the fabric was, I’m amazed they’d made it this far!
Their main function is to shut out light, while supposedly retaining warmth,
But, boasting a black-out characteristic, ensuring the darkness endures,
When they meet up, they restrict my views, so you don’t know me, and I don’t know you,
Yes, I was there when the poll got them through, but I’m starting to question their motives, in truth.
Are you really there for my benefit? Do you have my best interests at heart?
Do you only respond when I give you a tug? Do you force me to pull very hard?
Does this make me look heavy-handed? As you cling to the pole ever-tighter,
Using my internal light against me, so from outside I look like a fighter.
Maybe it’s time to redecorate, and dress my windows a different way,
Maybe how cold and indifferent you’ve been, has bit by bit, led to this day,
You’ve changed my homestead drastically, do I need you? I’m no longer certain,
Can you even hear the pain in my voice? The questions I pose… to my curtains.
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I’m not gonna lie, out of the hundreds of pieces I’ve written so far, this is probably in my top 20 favourite poems. I just love the way the concept came together for me; the fact that it swiftly convinced me to modify my rhyming structure; I love the metaphor I devised to represent the establishment, by whom we are currently governed; and all of the other interwoven meaning and wordplay.
It was an absolute joy to write, (as in turn, I hope it is to read and digest), and I feel it says an awful lot about our current state of affairs, reminding us of this very simple but empowering point… who rules the roost, the curtains, or the person / people whose home it is?
I’m curious, how does this piece speak to you? Maybe you read it in the context of a different kind of passive aggressive relationship, be it another institution or a personal one!? I mean, I could easily see this likened to an abusive relationship, as rereading it, I have a few past flames who fit the descriptions perfectly.
Anyway, however you interpret it, I am sharing this with you, to remind you just how powerful you really are, and that there are things that you can do to change a pairing that’s a “bad fit”… it simply takes for us to speak up, and say that we’ve had enough, after which, we can create something that serves us, and our hopes and dreams much better.
Love and Respect always,
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