Sunday Whirl (Wordle #265) presents a list of words
that we must incorporate in a writing piece.
The words this week are:
authenticity, talk, love, doubt, pain, tilt,
break, gossip, meet, wild, listen, lean
The Authenticity Trap
Do we want it?
I mean really want it?
Consider when you meet someone
In the passageway at work
And ask “How are you?”
Do you really want to know?
Do you want to listen to them talk
Long, long mind numbing ages,
As they describe in infinite detail
Their love life,
Mostly their pains,
They just want
About, say, the depressingly
Lean typist at reception.
“It’s not natural. She must be sick, don’t you think?”
And there you are trapped in the dullness
Of this person’s authenticity.
Because that’s the bind with authenticity:
You have to accept that that is who that person is.
The real, dull, authentic them.
And while your mind turns to porridge
And your wildly misfiring synapses scream ‘tilt-tilt-tilt’,
Like a pinball on speed,
And implore you to break away,
Social protocol says you shouldn’t.
But somehow you do.
Desperately, you remember something important.
It’s called self-preservation.
So, when you ask “How are you?”
And they reply “Not bad”.
It’s not authentic
But it's good.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2016
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