Free Verse – Kindness – JG

The Patron Saint

She sacrificed her pride
At the altar of your assistance.
This assertion met with resistance,
‘Cause you pray away your vices,
Those carefully cloaked as virtues.
What you refuse
To acknowledge is how you use
Other’s trust as donations
To your self-righteous cause.

You’ve anointed yourself
“The Patron Saint of Kindness”
When really what you’d like to be
Is addressed as ‘Your Highness.’

She flinches now, like someone
Expecting a fatal blow,
Whenever she has to ask
For a helping hand or favor.
You were so eager to be her savior,
To savor the love or gratitude
You thought you were due.
Like it was entitled to you
Because she was naive enough
To think you were her friend,
To be her friend,
Not as a pathway,
To something else.

Your generosity is the promise
Of salvation in a summer storm,
But the thin walls you provide
Are a purgatory, nothing more;
They for damn sure, do not offer genuine warmth.

You’ve anointed yourself
“The Patron Saint of Kindness”
When really what you’d like to be
Is addressed as ‘Your Highness.’

Jessie Gutierrez

2 thoughts on “Free Verse – Kindness – JG”

  1. Staggeringly insightful! Love the lightness and humour of the refrain, cutting across the psycho/sociological assessment of the relationship. As if you suddenly remembered it was a poem, after all.

  2. I’ve been away awhile, but I wanted to thank you for your kind words now that I’m back. I’m glad you like it.

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