Sunday, November 4, 2012

When to Keep it Inside

When to Keep it Inside

            1.   She was an admired officer of her company. It came to
                  her one day that her young administrative assistant lived
                  a happier life than she.

            2.   She sat back splayed in her chair, dazed. How had she
                  missed this and why was it so?

            3.   She didn’t begrudge her assistant; heavens no, she
                  admired her, grateful she’d shone a light, not even
                  knowing it.

            4.   Nor did she need to quit her job to find herself. She
                  had laid bare the façade right where she was.

            5.   No need to make a big deal of it publicly either. Own it
                  inside. Talk just dissipates.

            6.   She sheds something false.

            7.   She reclaims something true.


The workshop had heft.
I didn’t know
the leader
nor acquainted
with other attendees.
There was the training
and obligatory
small group breakouts,
then it happened—
the peeling—
no, not exhilaration,
the laying bare.
I shed no tears,
swallowed, my
private moment.

© 2012 Allan Cox, Allan Cox & Associates Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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