The impermanence of relationships
Shocking is betrayal
The transience of friendships
Leaves one feeling pale.
Loyalty is a rare commodity
Commitment, a waning virtue.
Faithfulness it seems, does embody
That which is steadfast and true.
Uncommon is the interpersonal class
Exhibited by those showing concern.
Forgotten must be the Golden Rule;
In a white flame it seems to have burned.
How personally we feel another’s slight
Painful as the slap to a tender face.
Such treatment of a human is not right
A behavior always out-of-place.
Reeking of pretension
Looking like audacity
It comes off bombastically.
As I take another hard swallow of liquor,
And stare stoically into the distance,
I am reminded of the times I shared with her,
Still reeling from shock of transience.
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“The Sting of Transience” © Jason Merchey 2000-2017