Today’s subject for the Poetic Bloomings 7-22-12 Prompt is a difficult one to approach. We’re asked to write a poem that delves into some kind of betrayal. How does one approach this tenderest of subjects?
Why do I say tenderest? I think of betrayal as a layered emotion, depending on the act of betrayal, the history between the betrayer and the betrayed, and the expectations involved. Tiny betrayals occur each day. Humans betray themselves as much or more than others betray them.
My response deals with more than one kind of betrayal. That of another toward me, one I performed on myself, and one regarding intentions. There are more, but of lesser degree. As I look at this poem finished, I realize that each stanza deals with a type of betrayal all of its own.
I hope you enjoy it.
You came to me, you said
“A chance for change.”
With you came your friend
To be welcomed as you.
You took my home as your own,
Given freely, a loan of honor.
Long work days for me
While you and yours played.
Talk of old times, some not so good
Filled darkness hours at day’s end,
Only to begin again without respite;
Months lingered without change.
You’d said change, though none
Revealed itself to me then,
Except that I would no longer
Play parent and provider.
My request for your absence
Was honored as stated; with you
Went a prize of mine, procured
For a someday display.
Navajo use their weavings each day;
Mine would have hung, never trod upon,
Had it had that chance to grace my home,
Instead of stolen as another’s prize rug.
You came as old friend, you left as thief,
Taking with you more than native weaving;
Grinding betrayal of friendship’s honor
Beneath disregard’s brutal heel.
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