How to accept a compliment

You echoed my sentiments back to me
through the meat grinder
of your perception.

Not unlike a poetic phrase
butchered in re-translation
by  crude mechanisms
as babelfish
or GoogleTranslate.

The softest utterance
skinned, nuance stripped,
flesh tenderized
and insides dissected.

The very words
I carefully constructed,
hand picked, spritzed with my signature scent,
leapt to you on ballerina limbs,
 a pirouette for flourish

They hobble back
 on bloody stumps,
on the mangled sinew
of misunderstanding


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