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Random Poem:

Compassion for a Friend
mtharp

Such a quandary: those of a friend are more important than one’s own
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          feelings.
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          With reality, however, proving a clear disdain for them, a soul discovers
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                    within
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          itself, a lack of true compassion.
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                         The heart betrays, longs
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                         not for largess, nor sacrifice
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                                   of its lusts, these things are too great to ask because they
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demand a deliberated deprivation of determined desires
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          held dear.  To don a façade of joy and forsake
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the dream of true love and happiness,
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          the intent to present these very gifts, can one
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                    even begin to try
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                    to justify the means: a lie
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                              perpetuated to preserve an illusion of
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truth, counterfeit feelings, passions feigned to resemble love,
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emotions reined from their true
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          yearning, false fires burning from the embers of a
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                    fabricated
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                              romance, empty
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                    words, sham, a deception –
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                              but is there honor
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                                        to be had through the infliction of a broken heart
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so fond; are a friend’s emotions more important?  One must make a
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          decision
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          right or wrong: when forced into the position by query, a question of
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                    one’s intention,
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          the mind gropes for an alternative
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                    to crushing egg shells
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                    laid plainly at the feet – until
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                              ambiguity presents itself as the clearest
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smoke screen of thought, obscurity the most obvious solution, words
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                    behind
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          a veil.  In the meantime, lacking such internal conflict,
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          a perplexed friend misinterprets the stutter
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                    and stammer of speech
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                    as evidence of suspicions
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                              confirmed, their objection quickly clarified.
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