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Posted on 5 March 2021 by Iain under Thinking Out Loud
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A seething torrent of attitude and ego
Neatly wrapped in twisted self-affirmations
Delusional blind-spots of care and consideration
Wreaking their havoc in innocent sentences

A dog with a bone, you just can’t let go
Your echo rarely one of peace
Your impact never as discreet as you think
Your true attitude shouts between your words

A keen willingness to demean or belittle
Assuming soft tones will disguise the knife
This, like any bully, has its source deep within
A lack of significance could be at play here

If caught out, you will invariably act offended
How could anyone think that of you
Back of hand at forehead in false shock
Drama lessons may be handy here

I care about people and I put them first
I walk with a higher power and they see my heart
How dare you insinuate that I could be like that
Shock and horror will deflect all blame elsewhere

You have only fooled yourself
Do you think nobody else knows?
Do you honestly think you have fooled them?
No, no, no… But you have fooled yourself

Superior intellect is a self-belief
Psychological roots have their history
You know where this has come from
You know why this is here

Once in a while you will clash with another
Someone who isn’t prepared to roll over
Someone who can read between your lines
Someone who is prepared to speak their mind

You won’t like that mirror
You won’t like what you see
You will pretend it’s not true
It’s not you, it’s them of course

Let’s face it, it’s always them… right?

Self-preservation is the key here
You need to maintain the illusion
You need to believe your stories
You need to see no blame in you

The cycle will continue
You keep feeding the wrong Wolf
You see fault everywhere else
You affirm your place by assigning blame

All anyone else can do is exhale!

© Iain Merchant 2021

One thought on “Exhale”

  1. Chris Frank says:

    …psychology of self…

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