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Prose - How Does Pride Taste Now?

Updated on January 9, 2011

Well
Here you are
Things aren't going so well
Are they?
So you are deciding
Is it them?
Or you?
Were they right all along?
You "knew" they were wrong
But here you are now
With a wound
A self-inflicted wound
And they are gone
From your life
Because
You fought
For pride
What a great reason
To fight
But now you are alone
Did you win?
Or lose?
You've played this game before
Haven't you?
Who won?
You?
Really?
How could you have?
You're alone
Remember?
You've lived your life
And now you have arrived
At this moment
Again
And again
What have you learned?
Apparently nothing
All those arguments
None of it matters
Does it?
Because you are here
Today
So

Now what?
Do you care?
How does that pride taste?
How does it feel?
Like a lover in the night?
Like whispered love
In your ear?
No
It doesn't
Does it?
But you go ahead
Go ahead and be "right"
Be the stubborn one
You showed her
You showed the one
The one you will miss
The one you will obsess over
The one you will regret
Just like the last one
Who needs love anyway?
Apparently
Not you

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @pmccray - Thank you very much. "Pride goeth before the fall" and yet we repeat our mistake even though we know how it will end. We are some pretty weak creatures....

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      I find your work so beautiful. I wonder why mankind waste so much time being right? In the immortal words of Dr. Phil; how's that workin' for ya slick? Voted up, marked awesome and beautiful.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Marina - Swallowing our pride is not easy. Everyone knows this. I have my own problems with it. But the freedom that results, as you have found, allows us to be who we are. you can be confident knowing you gave what you had even if it results in pain.

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      Marina Lester 6 years ago

      "Apparently

      Not you" I have met such a man, I have done this crime of pride. And that man went and found me again, years later. And because I wasn't as eager for him as he wanted I saw his jaw set again in stubborn pride. I knew, like he did, he could have loved me. He is gone again, and I wondered... 'How does pride taste now?'... Pride is a story many of us have. When I shed it, I learned what real confidence was, but we all still face those moments. A very reflective, thought provoking read, and I thank you for it.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Vern - I want to chill out man but my mind won't go to sleep! I truly appreciate how you read these things and take the time to understand and comment. I mean it...

      Yes... we should not let our insecurities derail the good things that are placed before us but it's tough sometimes...

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      Vernon Bradley 6 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      OUCH! the ending! Ouch ouch.

      Ironically under all that "pride" is a pile of pain that keeps driving us to be right, stubborn, controlling, suffocating, choking.....holding hostage, all those things that brings our beloved closer, closer, closer to running like hell!!

      The most precious gift we can learn and give is loving someone totally for who they are and how they come to the relationship, total hands off at trying to change them or lock them into our heart. A DEFINITE CHALLENGE as your poem describes, but talk about freedom if even for a second, you can taste that gift.

      THANKS FOR SHARING WITH US THE MUSINGS OF YOUR MUSES

      Vern

      By the way, could you chill out for a day, so I can get caught up with your wonderful gift!!

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @always- thank you for "always" taking the time to comment on my poems. I've always believed that saying to be true...

      @motherceistina - thank you!

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      mothercristina 6 years ago

      good heartfelt poem

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Pride is a good thing until you go overboard.The old cliche is true,'Pride goeth before the fall' very well written thoughts.Thank you.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Lene - thank you... I'm not being judgemental... just giving a fictional character some tough love about their pride... God knows I'm prideful...

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      This seems to happen to all of us. It's rough being human sometimes, doesn't it? Very good hub, though...:)

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Micky - that cracked me up... dude... you need to go on tour...

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I am so glad I'm always right instead of being stubborn.

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      The Suburban Poet 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Ashantina - yep... we all struggle with this... fighting to msintain our self-esteem...

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      Ashantina 6 years ago

      hm.. the battle.. between heart and mind.. the inner conflict within Self. hm..