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Polished And Calculated

Smooth Operator

By C. H. RichardPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023
Polished And Calculated
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The wound did burn

As if it was open flesh

That pierced right through

My very being

When the one

Called friend

Took the very trust

To sharpen their weapon

It was cunning and precise

A slick movement

A manifest of the con

To dismantle me

When I exposed

My extended hand

The blade presented

A shining glow

Warning of danger

But I refused

To acknowledge

That someone who

Had gained my confidence

Would gallantly wait

Until my back

Was turned

To take advantage

And make the stab

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About the Creator

C. H. Richard

My passion is and has always been writing. I am particularly drawn to writing fiction that has relatable storylines which hopefully keep readers engaged

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    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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  • Toby Hewardabout a month ago

    Kinda spooky but we'll made

  • The flow, the visceral nature, the emotion perfectly done.

  • Mamunal3 months ago

    This is really awesome.

  • Dana Stewart4 months ago

    Those cuts hurt the most. Well done, Cindy.

  • JBaz4 months ago

    oohhh, nasty and so relevant in life.

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Cindy, brilliantly written!!! Loving it!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Gerald Holmes4 months ago

    Wow! You just said a whole lot with very few words. Well done and congrats on the Top Story.

  • Cathy holmes4 months ago

    Excellent piece. Congrats on the TS.

  • Rachel Deeming4 months ago

    "Took the very trust/To sharpen their weapon" - great line. Congrats on TS!

  • Lana V Lynx4 months ago

    What a powerful story about betrayal!

  • Margaret Brennan4 months ago

    first congratulations on TS. You've hit the proverbial nail on the head!! I've met people like this and it is so painful to admit they're now who you thought they were.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    Truly how it feels to be treated like nothing to someone you trusted and cared about

  • Test4 months ago

    Nice poem congratulations on 🔝

  • nice poem!

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Wooooohooo congrats on a deserved Top Story!

  • Oh that is soooo me ignoring all the red flags until my back is turned and I feel the blade piercing through me. Your poem was so relatable!

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    This cuts deep. Sorry, no pun intended (okay,maybe a little) I absolutely love this and a darker spin on the challenge (that I imagine many will take in a sweeter way) Well done, Cindy! I thought I was subscribed, checked and was, but never saw this come up, so unsubscribed and resubscribed so hopefully that will sort the subscribing issue lol! Anyway, stunning work on this and wouldn't really be surprised if this got Top Story and placed in the challenge!

  • Mariann Carroll4 months ago

    This is so relatable. A true picture of what betrayal feels like from a trusted friend

  • Tiffany Gordon 4 months ago

    This is phenomenally written & brilliantly crafted! Very well done Cindy! BRAVO!

  • Mother Combs4 months ago

    Great poem

  • A true confidence man/woman. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the deep waters of friendship.

  • Lamar Wiggins4 months ago

    Whoa!!! And some people call themselves our friends! Loved this take on the challenge!

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