Nature vs. Nurture - collab w/ Anita Mac Auslan

by Nanette Bellman

She is drowning in drinking water
and 3M designed love notes.
This is an oddity to co-workers
but for her,
it's just another day at the office

She is an easy girl to fall in love with
and hard as indifference to love.

She is the drink you never see coming,
but there you are, drunk and never keeping up.
She will love and hate you for a time,
and herself always.

But she won't be whisked away.
No, she won't let herself be forgotten.

You can try to rub her from her eyes,
Pretend your retinas aren't clouded
with her visions of what she has in store for you.

She is the leech, the blood thirsty vixen,
who's got you clinging to her
more than you think she's clinging to you.
Or maybe not;
at this stage role-reversal won't matter much.

She is good
and she is kind,
but her Nature is in constant battle
with the unwitting Nurture of her life.

And for this reason,
looking back,
you will forgive it all.

Tried and treason memories will vanish
like smoke rings dissipating in the atmosphere.

We are all temporary.
To everyone. To everything.

She's just temporarily insane.


Author's Note: I finally got to write with someone I've always wanted too and admire. Thanks Anita!

Posted on 08/14/2010
Copyright © 2020 Nanette Bellman

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Anita Mac on 08/14/10 at 02:11 AM

We've been accused of writing up our alter-ego... And I think their may be something to that. lol

Posted by Anita Mac on 08/14/10 at 02:11 AM

*there (Bad Nita!)

Posted by Laura Doom on 08/14/10 at 12:09 PM

Well, I'd say you both achieved something admirable here...
[that would be an unconditional vote of approval :]

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/14/10 at 01:49 PM

You are good together * by nature ;)

Posted by Shonda Creemer on 08/14/10 at 04:24 PM

Excellent piece Ladies...you made me read it more than one...it is that good.

Posted by Steven Kenworthy on 08/15/10 at 03:33 AM

i can tell this is both of you...which makes it fun for me, as a lengthy reader of both of yas. :) a rough path this poem...full of bumps and bruises...but well written, not over the head, not simple...just right this pouridge. whewwwwa.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 09/16/10 at 02:44 AM

it only took me a month to get to reading this piece and i'm glad i finally did! you two rocked it, and i for one would like to see some more come out of this corner.

Posted by Mo Couts on 05/07/12 at 03:58 PM

Nicely done, Nan & Anita! Congrats on poem of the day!

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