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Patience Versus Tolerance

Patience versus Tolerance

Your indulgent smile, mixed with my tears

Makes me feel like a child burdened with years

You tease my emotions; you ease all my pain

And when you comfort me gently, you put me to shame.

Not a word of impatience; not a moment’s indifference;

Not a stroke of rejection, and that makes all the difference.

For I never want the shadow of tolerance, with its cold rationality

To displace your warm patience, and its light conviviality.

Claudia Moscovici, from The Painful Poignancy of Desire (2007) Continue reading

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