Affection Denied



Denial of affection can conceal dereliction.
A pretentious resplendence
can designate dependence.

Denial of reality is a "siege mentality."
As we whistle in the dark
it gives courage when life's stark

Denial of fearfulness can be masked as cheerfulness.
It can also find retreat
in cold, sweaty hands and feet.

Denial of resentment can be cloaked in contentment.
A "righteous" indignation
can be an indication.

Denial of our demise can hide in years we surmise.
Concerns for longevity
can be found in levity.

Denial of reality is a common malady.
It's like a shock absorber
that's plainly made-to-order.
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Submitted on January 13, 2010

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABB CDD BEE XAA BCC CFF
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 586
Words 99
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3

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