Constancy

Oft maligned

Great virtues found

In the small

Not opening a wallet

Nor showy endeavor

But quiet, steadying

Loyalty

Found like a blue nest

In a grey forest

Constancy

Is a clear bell

Ringing when others have only

Tooted their own horn

She waits

After the herd have had their say

And empty promises lift their helium mouths

To the great void

She stays

When it would be easier to flee

Safer to avoid

Quicker to cut off

And I was your constant

That is why you loved me so much

Though you didn’t recognize the steps

We both took

When it came time

For my turn

You bared your teeth

And took a portion of me

Breaking trust like

Water can never be held

In cupped hands

You slipped

Grateful for escape

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34 thoughts on “Constancy

  1. Holding love and water are equally as hard though standing there watching another’s love for you draining away is soul destroying. And you wonder was it ever really true or merely a facade.
    Love this .

  2. Sadly common, a familiar experience – they leave us when we need them most. I’m sorry you have to know this feeling too. You expressed it beautifully. I especially love “empty promises lift their helium mouths.” That thought has been on my mind so much recently. Love you ❀

  3. Constancy is so valuable and beautiful, but I suppose it is not always given its true worth. Or perhaps one can be constant to an ideal or person who is not worthy of it.

  4. “The only constant is change”.
    When we start relying on people to be constant, I think that’s where we end up getting hurt the most. Humans are the least constant creations (in my opinion) on Earth.

    Lines that I felt are the meat and depth of the poem are here:

    “Constancy

    Is a clear bell

    Ringing when others have only

    Tooted their own horn

    She waits

    After the herd have had their say

    And empty promises lift their helium mouths

    To the great void

    She stays

    When it would be easier to flee”

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