to anticipate that the generosity of others
is going to be more than our reliability in return.
But we normalise this imbalance.
Some call the normalisation forgiveness,
whilst in truth the cupboard-emptying
is more a mis-description of forgetfulness.
When our forgeting becomes totally consistent
then our disadvantage becomes clear.
What happens when we see that for our
taking the generosity towards us declines?
Memories do not decline, instead with age
they curdle, sharpen, and bite us where
we have quenched beyond repair
the good will that once held us.
Recollecting quenched support proves
that the past is unrepairable. But knowing
the damage can warn us about our future.