The risks of appreciation

The risks of appreciation  more a list than a poem, but that’s okay.

The people get so little praise unsolicited, Unexpected,

appreciation and praise

Atta girl and you did great

That their first reaction is to bridle

stiffen as though this might be some joke

some setup to humiliate them.

Keep it simple, clear, and always truthful.

Do not be carried away with lavish praise.

Be specific about what you liked.

It does not matter where it  lay on some cosmic scale

YOU liked it and are expressing your admiration and appreciation.

Do not force them to accept the praise,

Offer it like you would offer a cold beverage,

and accept refusal cheerfully.

It was delivered and it will work its charm.


But it is worth the ristk.

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