Transactional Relationship

A Poem by Bijal Shah

Forced into relations, superficial niceties prevail.

Do we carry on or do we voice our dislike?

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You care about class, status and perception.

I care about humanity, empathy and community.

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You feel comfortable voicing your truth.

I bite my lip and consider your feelings.

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My first reaction is diplomacy.

Yours is to speak your mind.

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How different we are.

Only uniting in our ambivalence for each other.

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I slowly detach myself knowing my goal.

Your words and actions no longer have an effect.

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I just want to make it work.

For the sake of family.

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