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con... undrum

by Nancy Ames

It is insulting...
to assume...
that anybody...
enjoys flattery.


Posted on 01/11/2020
Copyright © 2020 Nancy Ames

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rob Littler on 01/15/20 at 08:53 AM

flattery may not be the exact word you are intending to use...or maybe it is... OK I am erring on the side of dualistic brillance on your part (NOT flattery) because a common definition of the word from the digital wordospheric airy diction detector:
excessive and insincere praise, given especially to further one's own interests
I guess it is akin to the Growth Mindset my 2nd Grader was telling me about. If you like flattery, you might like being told you are awesome at doing something you mastered and is easy for you to do. I know I often like to feel the positive strokes of making crepe's--the oohs and ahs and finger-licked smiles and attaboys that accompany doing what is easy for anyone really. But if the idea is recognition, or praise, or a "lifting up" of something that was a risky success, may have even been a previous failed effort that taught new ideas, the idea is that genuine praise for hard work may not always be welcomed, even when it is due, or overdue. A fixed mindset and a growth mindset, then. And your poem is a real thought provoker for me. See, I even am more pleased with the title now. So in the spirit of growth, I offer these previos utterances.

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