games

everyone wants the same thing
he said to me
once, desperately
we want it

& it’s what sells
mascara & fat-free cookies
not to mention aftershave
& fashion
but
none of those answers
this need
no matter how wide
our wallets open
to look good
to feel good
to smell good

we can buy sex
but not desire
& we can pay a therapist
to care 45 minutes a week
& never get
understood
& that’s what we need

ears
from some(any)one
listening

let’s not even call it
love, just
like in that game we play
with babies

take your hands
off your eyes
& sayΒ I see you. Β 

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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32 Responses to games

  1. George Ellington says:

    So many of our social interactions are guided by superficial and selfish whims, regulated by near-contractual obligations to be this or that for someone, for something, for some purpose. After all of that, don’t we deserve the chance to come home to love? To sincerity?

  2. rebecca2000 says:

    So very true. I can tell you that I have said to many people those words. I see you. They will tell me I understand them in a way no one does. I tell them that is because I look past walls and filters and see them. A person that wants to be loved and understood just like everyone else.

    x,
    Becca

  3. Trent Lewin says:

    I’m with you on this one. Five hundred years later, they dig up the remains of our cities and all they find is packaging…

  4. BroadBlogs says:

    Interesting. Meryl Steep once described the appeal of sex as, partly, being seen.

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  6. ruleofstupid says:

    The sentiment here is right from my top drawer, except you manage to put simply what I would have complicated out of shape πŸ™‚
    Compliment 37! (It does get hard to find new ways to say you’re great!)

  7. unfetteredbs says:

    oh susan I love this .. absolutely love the truths in this. I think I shall print this one out and keep it.

  8. I think I see at least some of you….and you’re dazzling.

  9. Yes, God please, take your hands OFF your eyes… everyone!

  10. Deep, girl, great read

  11. It would have been very easy to stray into over-sentimentality here, but you avoided that pitfall with skill and aplomb. Nicely done
    And the last line is an absolute cracker

  12. Rhonda says:

    how life would or could, change in a moment of ‘i see you’ clarity. oy susan, this hits me where i live.

  13. nelle says:

    And on this note, the night ends. I’m not quite sure yet where my mind wishes to take this one, and that I like.

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