Nothing to Offer

I thought that tenderness might be,

perhaps, an attractive quality,

that women would be pleased to find

a man whose heart is well-inclined,

who’d whisper bastions through her tears

and listen them clean off her face,

but as the lonely years rack up,

I see that this is not the case.

 

I thought that loyalty might be,

perhaps, an attractive quality,

that women would be pleased to find

a man who’s parallel aligned,

who’d understand, defending her,

the one and only of the race

but as the lonely years rack up,

I see that this is not the case.

 

I thought that openness might be,

perhaps, an attractive quality,

that women would be pleased to find

a man who’s free and unconfined

by social chains and who can share

the contents of his inner space

but as the lonely years rack up,

I see that this is not the case.

 

I thought reflectiveness might be,

perhaps, an attractive quality,

that women would be pleased to find

a man engaged with his own mind,

who thinks and questions all the time,

to bring him to a better place,

but as the lonely years rack up,

I see that this is not the case.

 

It seems stability might be

the most attractive quality,

material wealth, a fixed idea

of some prestige-bedecked career

that anchors both your stature-loving

stilettos to a sturdy base

like that’s all life is for. You’ve nothing

to offer me if that’s the case.

 

 

 


 

From “Disoccidented” by Alfie Shoyger:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Disoccidented-Alfie-Shoyger/dp/1999922859

 

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you know stability is a good quality, in large quantities provided too, with other qualities that have to be balanced

such as tenderness. for both sexes

we’re on a tightrope trying to balance our way to the other side.

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