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Some Sad Dark Secret

‘Temper your enthusiasm,’

She said,

‘The extremes of your reactions;

You should have

A more conventional frame

On which to hang

Your unconventionality.’

‘Don’t push people,’

She said,

‘You make yourself vulnerable.’

*

Was I was hiding

Some sad

Dark secret from the world?

*

She told me not to rhapsodise,

That it would be difficult,

Impossible, perhaps,

For me to harness my dynamism.

The tone of my work,

She said,

Is often a little dubious.

She said

She thought

That there was something wrong.

*

As if I was hiding

Some sad

Dark secret from the world.

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3 Comments

  1. She gave you quite an evaluation, hopefully she was close to you
    and not just an acquaintance giving you unwanted advice.

    • Hi Lumiere, she was my university tutor, and something of a mentor to me, we were close for a time, sadly she has since passed away, I read a tribute to her at her funeral. I never forgot her.

  2. In that case I’d say, she was qualified to give you that advice.
    Sorry to hear, may she rest in peace.

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