How? – Written November 2006 (Aged 31)

How?

how could you help –
how?

you lack understanding
you drown in assumptions
gorge on the cherry picked sections
that become your only consumption

how –
how could you help?

your people skills are out to sea
you are at the quayside
without a tugboat of honesty
you constantly fall over
the ridgeways of your own fragility

how –
how could you help?

you patronise people
with boxes and lists
and at best, you are a fantasist
you make up stories
to feed such guilty needs
and you watch, as your attention bleeds

how –
how could you help?

you want to help vulnerable people
but you are vulnerable yourself
you cannot deal with who you are
and you make up things about everybody else

how –
how could you help?




James Garratt – 2006


More poems at
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 https://theboybehindtheglasses.com/2020/01/08/the-boy-behind-the-glasses-an-introduction/ 


More poems from 2006 here
https://theboybehindtheglasses.com/category/poems-and-writing-2006/poems-april-2006/

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