Lasting Impressions

the parable of first impressions
a lesson to shape  behaviors 
to act nice at first 

big toothy smile firm handshake, 
vague meaningless dialogue to
convince the other that you are 

not a threat at all that you can 
be trustworthy all the while looking 
the potential adversary in the eye
taking their measure for the 
inevitable future combat 
denigration unfriending cruelty

first impressions carry more
of what we want than what we 
see disintegrating over time

replaced by last or painful
impressions more easily recalled
lasting long after death

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