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Surviving on Peripheral Love

09.08.12 Posted in today's words by

Betty Ruth Speir’s most recent poem to appear here was Boudoir Age, published as part of Contributor Series 11: On Birthdays in June 2012. Today’s poem first appeared at

Surviving on Peripheral Love
By Betty Ruth Speir

Finding yourself alone with no recipient for your love
Do not dwell on your aloneness
Nor waste time at pity parties
Seize opportunities for intellectual and emotional intimacy
Fragmented social intercourse is never climactic
Rather, it is sustaining and pleasurable
A fortress against depression and destructive self-pity

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