The curious thing

She won’t, you know, talk about it.
She’ll discuss it, but facts are slippery
and time more relative than usual.
Excuses morph slyly and although
her laughter is self-deprecating,
there is nothing very funny ever said.
And even though it is surely all about her “me,”
it is never about her at all. Not really.
So, in a way, I suppose it is.


Thank you for reading The curious thing. I humbly appreciate your visiting the Book of Pain, and as always, I look forward to your comments.

The photograph was taken in Newport, Rhode Island at one of the great estates that pepper the place. For more photography, please visit the Book of Bokeh.


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4 responses to “The curious thing

  1. John, really thought this well done. >KB

  2. KB, thank you! It’s one of the tightest things I have written in a while.

  3. This is very true, facts put on the side, opinions, innuendos, assumptions are most commonly talked about adding fuel to the fire.

    • Thank you. Before I posted it I asked a friend to review it. I wanted to ensure that it did not seem that I was targeting a single person but raising the concept to a more universal nature: that we all have to be honest with ourselves and others.