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I've been reading Catherynne M. Valente's (catvalente) verse collection A Guide to Folktales in Fragile Dialects. It's very good.

This is not nearly so good. :-)


I can't lie.
Or won't.
If she's fair, I'll say so,
But why ask? Why set her up?
She's good enough, I'm sure,
And you have eyes. Use them.
You don't need me to compliment her beauty,
To confirm a pretty face.

You say that she might be
The one you've always said you wanted,
But I must tell you what I think?
Why can't you recognize her on your own?
Look in her eyes. See yourself there.
You don't need me to take her measure,
To tell you if she fits the mold.

I'll tell if you ask, of course,
(I won't lie. Or can't.)
But what if I don't answer as you want,
What then?

Don't make me be the one at fault,
Don't claim that I'm too hard, too cold,
Don't blame me if you lose your grip
And everything comes sliding down.

I didn't ask you
To put your dreams on me.

Just as I've never asked you
To look inside my glass
To wake what lies within. 



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Aug. 29th, 2008 08:07 pm (UTC)
I like this a lot.

>>>And everything comes siding down.

Did you mean sliding down? Just curious. I like this a lot. =)
Aug. 29th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
Bah, typo corrected, thanks!
And I'm glad you liked it, even so. ^_^
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