The Velvet Conversation
What do I want? What do I value?
What do you reject?
What matters to me? Whose opinions do I heed?
Whose do you ignore?
I no longer care what anyone thinks of me,
Or my actions.
You realize, of course, that you have fixed
The anomaly of your state:
You are trying very hard not to care;
But you do, because you know you must.
The conflict distracts me utterly.
I want to be neutral.
What are you fighting for, so fiercely?
Freedom is a chameleon goal.
You never arrive at what you think it really is.
Who would believe it, except the clear-eyed aged,
The idea of freedom in chains?
Or even more -
Freedom forges chains for its existence?
You gabble too, and puff yourself up
With your own eloquence.
However, I take your point.
End of conversation?
For the moment, yes. Thank you.
One final word.
You always have the last word!
Surely you do not think yourself unique?
No! Well - yes - maybe. Yes! Definitely!
Cynthia Buell Thomas
Age 30 at the time