Credulity

Credulity

A Poem by Melanie Genevieve

I never had the rug ripped out from under me

Independence came in small doses 

of the gummy vitamins my parents fed me

In their shelter I was left most vulnerable 

naivety spilling from wide-watery eyes


They always held my hands

even when they grew calluses 

even when they were full of things to do

even when walking barefoot on the beach


at night the sea is deep and black 

I was never afraid to reach into the dark water

take hold of trust and lift it to my chest

feel its slippery twists and turns


If I could have learned

not to hold trust outstretched in my open palm

I wouldn’t have known what it feels like to forgive

what it feels like to forgive blindly



I didn’t know you gave her bits of you

the same bits you made me think 

were reserved for me



If I could have learned to keep my heart

within the confines of my ribcage

maybe I wouldn’t know love

maybe I wouldn’t have


followed you


when you said “Can we try again?”

© 2013 Melanie Genevieve


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A powerful and poignant piece...it made me think of that adage that says it's better to have lost in love than never have loved at all...I never did believe in that notion, and the feelings you've relayed in this piece give me no reason to change that stance...great work Melanie :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


felt the pain, great piece, love the way you wrote this :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


Lovely piece I really like how you tie this together to how you were conditioned as a child where you show the genesis of your trust and where it leads

Posted 7 Years Ago


I liked how you used water as something seemingly benign, then dangerous. Profound feelings of being betrayed, well expressed. Well done!

Posted 7 Years Ago


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Sam
Such a sad poem but I have been there.
So beautifully wrote. Thank you for the share.

Posted 7 Years Ago


Awwww, this is so sad! The sense of disillusionment in this poem is very profound- I interpret this as being about a sheltered young girl who learns the cruelties of life very abruptly when her boyfriend cheated on her and betrayed her trust. *hugs the speaker*

Posted 7 Years Ago


Melanie Genevieve

7 Years Ago

thanks for the hug
Melanie Genevieve

7 Years Ago

thanks for the hug love
~"If I could have learned to keep my heart
within the confines of my ribcage"~
~what a wonderfully nostalgic poem-and i love
the first verse as well-it's an excellent piece~
~great write~ :)

Posted 7 Years Ago


Your poems makes me feel :(

Posted 7 Years Ago



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Added on July 26, 2013
Last Updated on July 26, 2013
Tags: love, credulity, forgiveness, black, ocean, trust

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Melanie Genevieve
Melanie Genevieve

Freeport, NY



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I used to keep my poetry private until my good friend Shabad encouraged me to read a poem (Curiosity) out loud at Sip This Cafe in Valley Stream. Since then I decided to make my writing public and ge.. more..

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