Oft maligned
Great virtues found
In the small
Not opening a wallet
Nor showy endeavor
But quiet, steadying
Loyalty
Found like a blue nest
In a grey forest
Constancy
Is a clear bell
Ringing when others have only
Tooted their own horn
She waits
After the herd have had their say
And empty promises lift their helium mouths
To the great void
She stays
When it would be easier to flee
Safer to avoid
Quicker to cut off
And I was your constant
That is why you loved me so much
Though you didn’t recognize the steps
We both took
When it came time
For my turn
You bared your teeth
And took a portion of me
Breaking trust like
Water can never be held
In cupped hands
You slipped
Grateful for escape

0 Replies to “Constancy”

  1. Holding love and water are equally as hard though standing there watching another’s love for you draining away is soul destroying. And you wonder was it ever really true or merely a facade.
    Love this .

  2. Sadly common, a familiar experience – they leave us when we need them most. I’m sorry you have to know this feeling too. You expressed it beautifully. I especially love “empty promises lift their helium mouths.” That thought has been on my mind so much recently. Love you <3

  3. Constancy is so valuable and beautiful, but I suppose it is not always given its true worth. Or perhaps one can be constant to an ideal or person who is not worthy of it.

  4. “The only constant is change”.
    When we start relying on people to be constant, I think that’s where we end up getting hurt the most. Humans are the least constant creations (in my opinion) on Earth.
    Lines that I felt are the meat and depth of the poem are here:
    “Constancy
    Is a clear bell
    Ringing when others have only
    Tooted their own horn
    She waits
    After the herd have had their say
    And empty promises lift their helium mouths
    To the great void
    She stays
    When it would be easier to flee”

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