never ply paradox

never mistake a siren

for a lullaby

so say I

by and by

never be late

to your own

ego’s funeral

nor hesitate

to bend the knee

before a Queen

turned on

by bloodshed

off     with     his    head

so say I

by and by

never ply paradox

he who counts

wolves as friends

hasn’t the sly

to impress the fox

a. duncan, 2019


Artwork: Woman In A Fox Mask Painting by Evgeniya Vladykina

Post Script.

This woman is a motherfucking GODDESS:



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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

27 thoughts on “never ply paradox

    1. Thank you! This was written with such a pure distaste for people who take advantage and manipulate others. We all make mistakes, right? We’re all human. But I draw a hard line when actions are intentionally taken to undermine and betray people who have been kind and loyal. Even worse, when it’s done to cover ones own crooked tracks.

      If anybody with that type of energy comes near me ever again – they’re going to end up with their ego buried. Figuratively speaking. 😉

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      1. Human beings are organically selfish creatures. It takes great strength of character to rise above our uglier instincts. But the people who do evolve toward conviction and compassion – tend to get hurt. After all. He who stands confidently on the battlefield instead of cowering in a foxhole is bound to catch the most bullets.

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      2. …. See this is a fascinating point that I have to respectfully disagree with. I think. We want to believe that others, like ourselves, lay their head down and night and feel shame for any unnecessary injury they have birthed into their environment/relationships. I learned a long time ago that – tragically – this is a myth. There are many, many people who don’t question themselves. Who fail to recognize their harm. Who lay at night completely ignorant of fault. And in the most dangerous circumstances they know what they’ve done and simply don’t care or don’t have the brain chemistry to understand guilt or empathy.

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      3. I agree with this. I have a tendency to project onto others what I am feeling. So, I’ve learned that the best thing in life is never to expect anything and I won’t be disappointed. I would like to think that the majority of people who aren’t narcissists have to come to terms with who they are nightly.

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      4. I’m glad you made that realization. I do the same thing but I’m still struggling with resisting the urge to place that expectation on others. It’s drilled into our heads from a young age that relationships are supposed to be equal. Or in the very least, when one is weak the other is strong. And vise versa. A balance. I find it difficult to find and maintain healthy relationships with others because I’m so passionate and protective. Always giving more than is probably deserved and than feeling disappointed by the lack of return on the investment haha. But at least I’m aware of it and trying to curb that tendency. I often ask myself why I should have to tone myself down, or give less than what feels natural to me, because other people aren’t built that way. That’s what I think about with my head on the pillow.

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      5. Welcome to my world, haha. No, I’m kidding. It’s not worth losing sleep over. I do ponder it sometimes as I do many layering aspects of human interaction. My college degree is in Speech and Communications with an emphasis in interpersonal relationships (which sounds fancy but is essentially meaningless in the job market), so my education focused heavily on understanding and mastering the complexities and the nuisances of human interaction.

        It was fascinating, actually. The little mannerisms we do subconsciously reveal so much about whats happening in our heads. When someone taps their pen or shakes their knee, they are expending excess neurological energy. This is called adaptive behavior. Our bodies understand we have extra energy we dont need and we exhibit subconscious behaviors to burn it off.

        Our tendencies in speech (or writing), our word choices and the emphasis we put on specific syllables, our “melody”, the speed in which we speak as well as our confidence in maintaining eye contact. Organically understanding who we’re speaking to and whether eye contact will be seen as respectful. Our back posture, the tilt of our heads. All of these factors influence how successful we are in being… persuasive. The best orators throughout history had an innate understanding of their audience and altered their speeches and body language for maximum effectiveness.

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