20 May 2014

All The …ilts


If it is guilt, why is there a ‘u’ - is 
it to benignly screw over anyone 
rash enough to think the shine’s 
as deep as tomorrow? A scratch 
too late is the gilt-thin wise-word 
where havoc plays jilt - veneers 
are the way of saying don’t look 
too obviously for gaudy flaws 

Drag back into the present, and 
a frame of reference to suggest 
it isn’t isolation, nor you as sole 
witness - but there you are, one 
who sees the false patina, feels 
pain of rejection, and its shame 

© 14 March 2014, I. D. Carswell