Strange Appeal

I have seen the child in the man
And the man in the child
The wild in civilisation
And the civil in the wild
The falsehood in sincerity
The whiplash in the smile

I’ve seen hunger in satiation
And fulfilment in such need
The grasping behind kindness
Generosity in greed
And even in the simplest things
Conundrums here indeed

The mirror reflects back the face
The reflection is what’s real
It isn’t what we say or do
It’s rather what we feel
And in the dark denial here
I find a strange appeal

© Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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14 Responses to Strange Appeal

  1. This one resonates, deeply. Thank you, Helen!

  2. I really like this, but I feel a rather strange appeal to please don’t try to read too much into my compliment. 🙂

  3. philipparees says:

    A very perceptive contradictory poem that (it will not surprise you) appeals greatly! I do hope you have received the book?

    • Thank you yes, and I’ve been dipping into parts of it – I am just close to finishing reading a rather long novel and your book is next on my list, but I find myself opening it and just reading the poetry out of context, but even with that it is lovely, so very much looking forward to reading in its proper order. I must say I couldn’t wait to read the introduction so I’ve also read that already and I love your thesis, so profound! 🙂

  4. summerstommy2 says:

    another excellent poem Helen, your love is expressed so strongly.

  5. philipparees says:

    Lifted the weekend! Thank you.

  6. bgbowers says:

    I loved this on many levels. 🙂

  7. Skye says:

    I, too, loved this on many levels. Fantastic!!

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