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Thursday, March 11, 2004
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For all but those who live a truly charmed existence, betrayal is nothing more than a compulsory exercise that we will experience at some point in our lives. Unlike a simple attack, which can be devastating in its own right, betrayal is so painful because it requires an up close, almost hand-to-hand combat of the emotions, generally perpetrated by one or more individuals who are close enough to inflict a mortal wound. Betrayal is NEVER incidental, and this is what causes it to be so very brutal.

But this is a poem of healing as well, for when you can see it and call it what it is, you can breathe again, and fight, and defy those who would betray you. Once that is accomplished, the victimization is at an end.

Betrayal comes in many forms,
But relies on underlying intimacy
To insure a lethal wound.
It is an emotional ambush,
Carefully designed,
Flawlessly executed,
Producing an evil sound
In the orchestra of life.

"Let's talk about it," she said,
"So I might explain why you are wrong.
You are paranoid, suspicious
And you lack the proper trust.
If only you had more faith in me,
You would understand your flaws."

Then, filled with doubt,
And tangents notwithstanding,
I struggle with myself.
Am I flawed?
Do I lack the proper trust?
Am I paranoid and suspicious?
Perhaps it is me.

The Betrayer
Will wrap themselves in a coat of righteousness,
Impervious to honest eyes
That are searching for a soul.
They will describe their soul for you,
And demand that you will see
The spiritual mirage.

And so I am stranded
In the valley of disregard,
And I am left to decide
Who brought me to this barren wasteland.

Why does conscience desert me
And tell me that I am wrong,
When evil lies before me and not within?
And then I know...
That betrayal is not a lonely thing,
It has an evil twin.

Betrayal is a conspiracy
With those who would wield the saber;
Darkened assignations,
Construe d in private
By blighted souls.

Consider if you will,
Old Palestine,
Where the blood of innocents was spilled
By a thousand stones,
And jeers,
And a hatred born of lies.

Consider life in Salem,
And screams heard above the flames,
Hatred in the eyes of the accusers,
Tragic death without a crime.

And so we arrive at a point in our lives,
When I know that I've been betrayed.
I hear hushed conversations from afar;
Justifications and rationalizations
From those who have sprung the trap.
Perhaps I am wrong,
And this is all some tragic mistake,
But I reside in the valley of disregard,
And I feel the stones as I am tied to the stake.


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Reviewed by Paul Judges
A powerfully written piece, Frank
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello
Hello Frank Whyte,

You seem to write about someone I know, right to the core. I've looked at Betrayal in the eye and saw his soul was vile, his ways vicious and cunning, and his skill was in diversion. Perfect write!

Reviewed by Liana Margiva
EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Liana Margiva
Reviewed by Pamela Murawski
I was deeply moved by this! Pamela
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
They will describe their soul for you,
And demand that you will see
The spiritual mirage."

This is so true and so well said. How wonderful to reach so many in a way that empowers them or otherwise brings them comfort. The idea that one is not alone in his/her pain can be comforting - that someone knows, understands, empathizes. You speak eloquently for many.

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Excellent imagery in this. A moving write that touches the reader.
Reviewed by Mark Chevalier (Reader)
"Betrayal is a conspiracy. With those who would weild the saber."
What a simple and so very powerful phrase. The complexity of emotions that weave their way through this work are extraordinary.

Be well and be safe,
Reviewed by lili dauphin
Very nice.
Reviewed by C N
You have neatly and poetically dissected the emotional and verbal mechanics of betrayal .....think it helps us to exonerate our selves somewhat from a lot of self blame. Not one can effect us more, that someone we trust.......
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
I found this to be both moving and very soul touching. I have been exactly where your poem has gone, and yes, to all of what you have stated here in this wonderfully visual and poignant poem. You have created a very well written piece of poetry, and I say "Thank You!"
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by NOPE NOPERS
I love it, it really touches out to the reader
Reviewed by Selene Skye
Like a finely crafted piece of artwork, the emotional colors bedazzle and tug this way and that. Familiarity cascades across the bones in every line. Uncertainty is the worst, questioning intuitive feelings. Disregarding the obvious until it lays open on the chapter we never ever want to encounter.
Beautifully composed and sensate, alive.
Reviewed by Cryssa C
This is a fabulous poem! The confusion of the betrayed is evident in every line. How well you personified the players in this poem. Great write...
Reviewed by Jessie Hammond
This is amazing!! Absolutely! Very expressive and you deffinately know how to build an image!! That was awesome!!

~Jessie Ryan Hammond~
yes true visual expressive poetry, with much deep and painful thought
Bless You! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Charlie
Wow, Frank. That was very intense! "The valley of disregard?.... Brilliant! I love the idea of the evil twin. The whole poem is chuck full of powerful images -- the betrayer in a "coat of righteousness" "tangents not withstanding", "spiritual mirage", "conscience desert[ing] me", "being tied to the stake", the stones, and much more -- a thought-provoking feast. In the end though, they'll get their just rewards --Charlie
Reviewed by Kerry Compton Star Girl
I am living this poem
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader)
i agree. a wonderful poem you have crafted.
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers
Frank, this is an awesome write! Loved the visuals..Lisa
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