30 November 2016

Pariah


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Am I duckling that swans must gawk?
Among songbirds a hungry hawk?
An angry cat out for a walk?

Someone again has told my tale
because it never seems to fail
that when I glow others turn pale.

And whisper. Talk is sheathing me
who else might pierce all that I see
with sharpened blades of mystery.



For my prompt 

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Social Stigma



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© 2016 Susan L. Chast




13 comments:

thotpurge said...

Anyone who has ever been a duck, cat or hawk knows what that feels like...sadly nothing seems to have changed...the gawkers and talkers persist.

Sumana Roy said...

love the examples you've used here...three exquisite stanzas..really if there's any sin in this world it is to ostracize someone...

Panchali said...

"Someone again has told my tale
because it never seems to fail
that when I glow others turn pale..." Wow!!!- that's how an outcast spirit takes a flight and heals!
Intense piece, Susan! Very powerful lines...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

It is difficult being under scrutiny. I have watched my daughter going through that lately. People have no idea how painful their judgments are. So well expressed, Susan.

erbiage said...

Ah, the sheath and the blade. Very nice ending

Martin Kloess said...

well composed. the weight of scrutiny

Old Egg said...

How important it is to be oneself. The worst thing with childhood is being made to conform until like the ugly duckling you can emerge and be that swan...yourself.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Someone again has told my tale
because it never seems to fail
that when I glow others turn pale.

Whistles!!❤️ I LOVE the intensity of this ❤️


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Jae Rose said...

That duckling really caught my emotions.. far better to be a thoughtful ducking than superficial swan.. it is sad that the world turns ducklings into pariahs..

Mary said...

Oh, it is hard to be gawked at and talked about. This poem is painfully realistic, something I think many of us feel at one time or another.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

You describe a painful and difficult situation, yes – and I admire how beautifully you have written all the same.

rallentanda said...

keep on glowing
the others will eventually
pale into insignificance and nothingness

Nicholas V said...

Great take on the theme, Susan. Stigma does involve a lot of talking and gawking, but unfortunately in many cases the prejudice and hate is so great that physical violence is added to the looks and words...
Well-penned!