Thursday, March 5, 2020

Arlene Corwin writes

The Great Communicator
             (self confidence, low self-esteem)

He eats the cake, the bread home baked;
He never asks or comments.
Eats in silence.

There are men with little interest,
Curiosity, desire to know; 
Silent husbands
With repeated jokes, repeated patterns;
Showing growth, but oh, so slowly.
Holy moly!*. 
Passive in aggression, but aggression there.
Defensive, self-protective;
Inner stuff that doesn’t dare,
Except in dreams when he is violent.
Mostly silent, 
He observes the weather, future seasons.
He can reason, have his reasons
Sometimes faulty, sometimes right.
Doesn’t recognise a compliment - can’t take it in.
Apologize? It doesn’t happen.
And those violent jerks at night!
Reveal a healing that has never taken place:
The chases, villainous and shadowed faces, traces of what nowadays
Is called low self-esteem.
It’s natural one wants to scream, become a fem-
It’s so unnerving!
Serving no one in particular.
Who needs a ‘great communicator’
Like the one who wants no insight.

*exclamation US dated or humorous;used to express surprise or dismay: holy moly, this is exciting news!ORIGIN late 19th century: alteration of holy Moses, popularized in the 1940s by the character Captain Marvel in comic book of the same name.

1 comment:

  1. Moly is a magical herb mentioned in book 10 of Homeros's "Odyssey" which hermes Hermes gave to Odysseus to protect him from Circe's wizardry when he went to her palace to rescue his friends whom whe had turned into swine. "The root was black, while the flower was as white as milk; the gods call it Moly, Dangerous for a mortal man to pluck from the soil, but not for the deathless gods. All lies within their power". In the 2nd century Ptolemaeus Chennus claimed that it grew from the blood of the giant killed on Circe's island by her ally Helios; but according to him the flower was white, and its name was derived from "malos," the "hard" combat with the giant.


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