The Latent And The Recondite


But I keep up the appearance of sleep

Because I know you will never wake

When I draw this thing closer into myself

I’m burying it for your sake


Copyright © Bethany Richardson 2012


14 thoughts on “The Latent And The Recondite

  1. Kristel says:

    That’s really beautiful.

  2. hannah says:

    The first two lines…a little stalker-ish…but ive done that. Many times lol i love how your words make it more romantic. It seems, these days though, romance is always coupled with sadness.

    • Bethany says:

      Haha, I can see how you’d think that! lol It’s actually kind of symbolic of hiding emotion from someone because they can’t feel the same. Thank you for your input! 🙂

  3. damls says:

    I agree with Hannah, espeacialy with the last sentence ” It seems, these days though, romance is always coupled with sadness.”
    Beautiful 🙂

  4. lily2u1 says:

    Simply beautiful. ~ Lily

  5. Ayasonice says:

    Ahh, a rhyme 😀 I love it!

    • Bethany says:

      Thanks, Ayasonice! Yes, I’ve realized that I really have no clue when it comes to poetry form, so I’m experimenting with different techniques and seeing how I like them. So here we have a ABCB quatrain, I have another rhyming one I posted, and you might even see a haiku or a couplet in the future! lol I’m trying to expand. 🙂

  6. I know a ton of teenage girls who do this. I don’t know many who could describe it this brilliantly. Adult women (and men) as well….we all are tempted to “hide/bury ourselves” because the one we love can’t understand or handle “our truths.”

    And you know, there is certainly a problem in a relationship where you can’t “be yourself.” However, there is a deep love—and I think a righteous love—in “giving up” what I want so I can better help the one I love….i.e. doing it for “your sake.”

  7. *** I hope that makes sense….I’m talking about in a mature, committed love…a married kind of love or the love that will lead to lifelong commitment….not a “I love you so much and I’ll do anything/be whoever just so you’ll love me back the same” kind of way 🙂

    • Bethany says:

      Oh, it does make sense, and thank you for caring and giving me this advice! : ) But what this poem is trying to convey is not the hiding of personality traits, secrets, etc. (even though it could be), but it was written about one who has to mask their love for someone because the other can’t feel the same way. I agree that you should be completely yourself with someone, because otherwise you’re decieving them; and they won’t be able to really love YOU. Your words are very wise, I appreciate your sharing them! : )

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