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by Chris Sorrenti

“you’re very reserved” she says
“like you’re here, but somewhere else
as if…”
“haunted?” I complete her sentence
“yes” she agrees

though not meant to hurt
this troubles
both in its accuracy and inaccuracy
once again caught in a woman’s intuitive sights
that uncanny ability to sense when there’s something wrong

but is there something wrong?

dare I tell her
that apart from personal experience and philosophy
both finite
and some therapeutic value
I see most conversation as pointless
and that since I began to write
over a quarter century ago
have always been this way
like a Hollywood set with cardboard buildings
my face a mere shell
with only emptiness to be found behind
simply the manner in which this poet has evolved
through pain and suffering
flushing things out as quickly as they’re acquired

“a good listener though”
I tell her reassuringly with a smile
she smiles back

lying comfortable on my couch
she then proceeds to tell me her life story
while I take mental notes
my reservoir of inspiration filling up again

© 2002

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Posted on 10/22/2008
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 10/22/08 at 01:32 PM

...chris, that's the best kind of psych...home! good perspective, good pome...

Posted by Colleen Sperry on 10/22/08 at 02:18 PM

this is such an interesting write ..

Posted by George Hoerner on 10/22/08 at 08:19 PM

Nice write Chris. Do we all have this problem? This in an out with direct communication which frequently misses the point, any point except to say, 'here I am, catch me if you can'. Again nice write.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/24/08 at 09:46 PM

Self disclosure with a lot of reservation! Perhaps a lot of defenses built up because of the suffering. But pleasant companionship always helps!

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 10/25/08 at 02:15 PM

this made me smile. it feels like i've been in a very similar situation.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 10/26/08 at 11:04 PM

Right on Chris...I see it as all about communication, verbose or shadowed. Delighted. Thanks.

Posted by Scott Utley on 10/27/08 at 01:44 AM

I feel this way. Only recently did it cross my mind that I should be more engaging. Just to see what that is like. This is great work.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 10/27/08 at 01:03 PM

wonderful poem, Chris. I think conversations are vital things to have and share, most particularly if the conversators involved have ears to go along with that other feature.

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