There is a little black box
hidden somewhere
probably in the vicinity of the appendix
where she sends all her furious words
(a cocktail of swear words)
she gulps down with a pinch of anger
making sure she seals the lid. Tight.

She coats them in niceties
in accordance with the rules of society.

It is a one-way street spiraling downward
where the furious words go
and nothing escapes.
ever.
weighed down by
the continually increasing volume of all
the unsaid words making their way down there.

Until-

the pain boils over
like the pin of a grenade yanked violently off
and
BOOM!

This is inspired by Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Scream

Life Of A Polite Person
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10 thoughts on “Life Of A Polite Person

  • March 15, 2018 at 11:29 pm
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    I read somewhere that bottling up emotions can kill one. A scream is a much better choice than being polite. And the pressure cooker…brilliant depiction!

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    • March 16, 2018 at 3:22 am
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      Thanks Khaya. Bottling up emotions does not have any good consequences..

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  • March 15, 2018 at 11:00 pm
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    Like when you release one of those steam cookers and it all comes pouring out. I liked your write!

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  • March 15, 2018 at 11:49 am
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    Ha…that BOOM is healthy. Love that pressure cooker pic. Very apt 🙂

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  • March 15, 2018 at 10:33 am
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    I like the idea of that black box, storing up the truth. Smiles. I know the feeling of suppressed words. My family is swift to punish anyone who dares speak the truth. Which makes for a lot of suppressed words….thank God I am a writer and have that outlet! I so relate to your poem.

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    • March 15, 2018 at 1:17 pm
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      Yes. writing is definitely a good outlet for our suppressions. I tend to blow my top at the most inconvenient moments, so lately I have started to let out the steam in different ways, little by little

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  • March 15, 2018 at 6:32 am
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    Politeness does have its limits and lettting off steam is perfectly acceptable (behind a closed door if necessary).

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    • March 15, 2018 at 1:18 pm
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      Definitely. Behind closed doors sometimes. Taking a break to reduce the pressure at other times.

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  • March 15, 2018 at 5:49 am
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    Cocktail of swear words. Stop being so polite – you’ll kill yourself! Or get an ulcer or a nervous twitch.

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  • March 15, 2018 at 1:55 am
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    Wow! From the “cocktail” to the “grenade”! There is no way to keep the lid on forever. Good, good.

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