Six Word Fridays: paid

15 07 2011
The Gift

The gift...

When the gift strips away independence,
Makes you feel less like yourself;
You can become weighed down, unsettled.

Not intentionally of course, but yet
There are times kind acts ruse;
Hidden expectations cling, nip and sting.

The debt of gratitude or grace
Can become a burden of obligation,
Uncomfortably born from need, uncertainty, weakness.

The undertone may not be deliberate
But there it is, stilting conversation;
Altering the cadence of friendship, family.

And so you bide your time.
Nodding your acquiescence to the situation,
Until the opportunity arrives, is created.

The weighted gift returned – and now
Without a doubt, you can say
Yes, finally! That debt is paid.

Six Word Fridays

* Photo credit to Natashi Jay

It’s been so long since I last published a post, I could actually hear my WordPress account creaking as I logged in and began typing. 🙂 

It’s good to be back in the swing of things.

This Six Word Friday post is inspired by a bizarrely heavy play on the word “paid”. Head on over to Melissa Camara Wilkin’s blog to read how others have woven their own meanings into the word.

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14 responses

15 07 2011
ayala

So good to see you again, I missed you. Hope all was well and you returned with a great write. 🙂

15 07 2011
melgallant

Ayala,

It’s good to be back! Can’t wait to circle back and read yours and everyone else’s thoughts on the word this week’s theme. 🙂

15 07 2011
Adrienne

Hmmm…so interesting. I find that those who give like that (*cough*mymother*cough*) always feel owed…no matter what they’re given. But she’s probably colored my perspective on this…just a tad!
Love your writing, so I hope you keep posting!

15 07 2011
melgallant

Hi Adrienne,

LOL – there is always someone in our life who feels owed…family or friend. It’s hard to be in debt to them literally or figuratively. Thanks for your comment – it made me smile. 🙂

15 07 2011
Keia

I love your six word Friday post. Very interesting and thought provoking how you used the word paid.

15 07 2011
melgallant

Hi Keia,

Thanks. I was struggling to come up with a theme for this one. The first lines I created are the last lines so I worked backwards on this one. 🙂

15 07 2011
Molly@Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce

Missed you! This was thought provoking as always. I’m glad that you got that debt paid. Some debts weigh more heavily than others.

15 07 2011
melgallant

Thanks Molly, it’s good to be back!

15 07 2011
Brook @2bdancing

yeah, some gifts come with strings attached, not just ribbon.

15 07 2011
melgallant

Brook,

Good point – I forgot about the ‘strings attached’ analogy. Wish I’d thought to use it! 🙂

15 07 2011
Melissa

Expectations can be killer. Payback can be too, come to think of it!

15 07 2011
melgallant

So true! Payback gets you every time…

15 07 2011
Kate B

Superb. Read it several times – exquisite description of how so many of our families operate.
Well done.

15 07 2011
melgallant

Thanks Kate!

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