The Wounded Reader

Some say a man

aught not say things out loud

might prick the pride

of proud readers

it is out of context

a faux pas as they see

but does that mean they have the right to mute me?

or get terribly offended

staying silent and reclusive

figuring one prose is how I really feel

I am not a mirror

nor yet even a cube

an infinite well of reflection

so are you

Whats wrong with taking a body of work

understanding new things

as quirks of the whole?

does every thing one writes

need to be beautiful to be shared?

people want to know the real me

all the parts that aren't fit for sight

parts of the me

views of the past and present

knowledge of the yet to be

an honesty to my inner voice

even if part of it is in contempt of me

whats wrong with this world gone soft

when they must be petted

made to feel comfortable all the time

where they cannot take reflection

yielding a gold mine

even if things weren't meant for you

it still gives value to know they exist

whats the point in being honest

when in a bad mood

one is called a cyst

it is odd that one is always being viewed

as nothing that was written is the real you

believing only the negative

the flawed

not knowing that it is only part of the whole

thats all.

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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi jaggedfrost, or perhaps frost after this outpouring. I'm a bricklayer, not an academic, so i found this piece fascinating even though having read it twice i'm still not sure exactly what it pertains to. I've now read it three times and liked it but i'm not sure why. That's my honest opinion, cheers.

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ahorseback 6 years ago

Jagged frost , I think I understand how you feel here. There are many who are offended by anything , or nothing! There seems a very thin layer of the flesh of tolerance today. Very good writing ,I like this!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great write! Thank you Jaggedfrost.

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Shelvajay 6 years ago from If You Know Me Personally, You Know Where I Am...


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hillrider 6 years ago from Mid-west United States

J Frost,

altering McCall's

seems to go against the grain

of purists, these observers

who try to fit the pain

like it's something off the rack

peering at the

tailor, as through a window pane

the ooh's and ah's, soon replaced

by feelings of disdain

noticing the quality they lack

along the bias

cut, remembering the drape

a suit to fit the form

not clothes for their escape

giving no attention to their flak

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Kim Lynn 6 years ago

There is so much to learn about each other, and all of it won't be found in just one place.You hit the head on the nail, so to speak. We have been coddled and wooed, expecting no discomfort. Reality bites and then you bite back, or not!

Many Blessings to All You Are,


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Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

Yes, yes. I prefer the mysterious and cryptic as well. When things are laid out for me (especially works of art) I tend to forget them as opposed to works that require insight and imagination. Cheers.

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

attemptedhumour, keep reading, it will come to you. Feel free to reed my other works and the comments attending and then throw all observation away as it hardly matters. When you see yourself as an artist as much as a craftsman and feel as I you will remember me.

ahorseback, you have the right of it but not all of it. That is just as well. I thank you for your insightful comment.

Micky Dee, Thank you and you are very welcome my friend.

Shelvajay, your acquiescence makes me smile.

hillrider, your perceptiveness into my character is slightly frightening dear sir. I appreciate the response and its form.

Sometimes a verse

concealing as much as showing

letting two speak openly

in ways that make the head ache

laying bare the facts

while hiding their relevance

in silence.

Kim Lynn, a new voice amongst my work but a perceptive one none the less, thanks for partaking and commenting on the same.

Doug Turner Jr., an interesting statement about how you feel about my work. I suppose that is fair enough, if I spoke in paragraph form these very thoughts they would be yesterdays news. I don't try to be cryptic but sometimes I manage anyways, thanks for your insight.

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b. Malin 6 years ago

Sounds like you're defending yourself...but to whom? We all need to be honest, or fun, when we write...not really...we just need to let our emotions run wild, and do our own thing. We put it out there and hope for the best...and accept other's thoughts as well.

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Honestly, to some extent I was addressing your comment concerning the Peanut gallery and then the whole thought became a much bigger one as I went along.

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Beware the wounded reader, they can be most dangerous when cornered...I should think that some anger should also be directed towards the writer.

Writer, heal thyself, is the subtext to this complex prose...I always find your prose interesting and multi-layered, with astonishingly thoughtful insights...Thank you for giving me pause for thought...

Go well, my friend...Larry

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Larry, what debt, other then to be understood, does the writer owe to anyone?

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

The writer, in this context, owes nothing to anybody, unless they choose that debt...Personally, I would feel no moral obligation to please my readers, rather I must please myself first, that I have put on paper that which is honest and true to myself...Where this lands in the readers mind is no concern of mine...hence, I hold no animosity for readers comments, but rather acknowledge poetic errors in form or context, which is exactly why I joined HubPages; to learn and share poetry as a disciplined art form that requires more than mere word-smithing and angry rants...Larry

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

Dear Larry, you are ever the writer I love fighting with and talking to as you are more then capable of speaking words that leave me wanting to seek further understand in the only way I know how, to enter conflict and provoke someone like you to challenge me.

Admittedly, any anger you might feel in some of my more virulent posts has more to do with the fact that there are some points of view that I have heard often enough that I am frustrated.

Truthfully, I am not very good at being human in the sense that allows you and others like you to connect with readers on a constant basis. I speak with the words I understand to enunciate and elucidate a point of view that was formed on the outside of human contact and society. I feel anger, lust, pity, shame, hate, frustration, torment, obsession, anxiety, and apathy.

I have been through these phases so often I am not sure how I manage when most of these emotions, though native to my heart, are foreign to my purpose in existence. I settled in life for doing love and understanding how to perform the duties and passions of the gentler emotions but I have never felt them that I recall.

I express myself in the only manners, using the terrible emotions I do have, to get across things I actually care about but perhaps not in the way that standardly connects with others. I am at a loss at how to proceed. It is funny in a bitter way, I was trying to read "Letters from Juliette" and as none threatening as that movie is to most, when my wife isn't around I have a hard time concentrating on what is going on. I spend most of my time distracting myself from the fact that that movie amongst others of its kind is very painful for me to watch.

The pain brings me near the point of tears which, after all those that I have shed in the course of my life, is rather difficult to do at this point. You speak of a disciplined art. What more is there to the art then controlling and expressing emotions that I have in ways that were never meant to offend?

As you say, I owe nothing to any of my readers. I speak honestly but the fact is I am not a whole person. I have been through counselling session after session and have yet to find any of those who can put back and replace the part of my heart that is missing. If you can show me how, I welcome it.

Yours Respectfully, Jagged Frost

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maven101 6 years ago from Northern Arizona

Kacey...You have said that you are not very good at being human...yet you have expressed " I feel anger, lust, pity, shame, hate, frustration, torment, obsession, anxiety, and apathy."...Sounds pretty human to me...the only feelings missing are love, joy, and compassion...These are very large omissions that creates a very lopsided approach to life...Without the stability of the latter your lifeboat may soon capsize...

Go well, my friend...Larry

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

The interesting thing is that I have already lived through that once. The sinking wasn't any fun. The truth is that I try but by saying I don't feel human much of the time I was referring to feeling whole. To err is human but these aren't mistakes unless my nature as a whole fits under that category.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

The seeds of wholeness are there.

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

That is good to know, welcome and thank you for visiting.


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

:-) My pleasure.

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Jaggedfrost 6 years ago Author

m'lady the pleasure is all mine. You are most benevolent.

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