A Calm Storm

The blog of Sholeh Samadani Munion

Not surprised.

I am still trying to understand
how people get to know each other
to form friendships or assumptions
based on 5 minute meetings in a
crowded room.

I am trying to fathom how one can
make any judgement of who I am
when they’ve never tried to know me
or have a conversation beyond “hellos”.

I am trying to discern
how it can be justified to say things
masked as “concern for a friend”
but are hurtful in any case.

I am trying to figure out
what it is I did to make them feel unwelcome
or why they simply did not approach me
when they felt slighted.

Maybe I am mistaken
but I was pretty sure we are supposed to
be going for a higher standard here.

But who am I to say
how others should think of me?
Maybe I need to try harder
but I feel like there is only so much
I can do.


3 thoughts on “Not surprised.

  1. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. The first two stanzas really stand out for me. I don’t know what it is that draws people together – I have made fast friends in a short time (maybe not 5 mintues), so perhaps it is because we share common interests; or perhaps, it’s something more powerful like fate.

    I agree that there are people who “know” us by our outer appearances or something they may have heard. Unfortunately they who won’t take the time to get to know us better. It’s a sad truth and it’s a bitter pill to swallow.

    Love that last line, “Maybe I need to try harder, but I feel like there is only so much I can do.” It feels like it gets that way some days, doesn’t it? =)

  2. Thank you David & Mojan. 🙂

    Ah well, we’re all trying, I guess. Who am I to judge others, eh? much love!

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