Benevolence

From Look Winter in the Face, published winter 2015.

Benevolence

The hands lifted the lid from the box
the set of pearls revealed.
The gift was generous but the giver was not
The memory is tainted
and beginning to smell.

"Never, My Love" - mail art postcard, 2012

“Never, My Love” – mail art postcard, 2012

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11 thoughts on “Benevolence

  1. Yes. It is funny how many factors go into giving, and how something neutral in itself, or even positive, can be turned the other way just by who presents the “gift”.

  2. Ooooooh. I love this one. The ambivalent reaction is perfectly conveyed. I can relate to the experience of receiving gifts that came with certain baggage or were otherwise tainted.

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