Again, the definition changes, from Webster 1913 to the present.
Inclined to give way, or comply; flexible; compliant; accommodating; as, a yielding temper.
Yielding and paying Law, the initial words of that clause in leases in which the rent to be paid by the lessee is mentioned and reserved. Burrill.
Syn. — Obsequious; attentive. — Yielding, Obsequious, Attentive. In many cases a man may be attentive or yielding in a high degree without any sacrifice of his dignity; but he who is obsequious seeks to gain favor by excessive and mean compliances for some selfish end.
— Yield”ing*ly, adv. — Yield”ing*ness, n.
Dictionary.com is different:
1. inclined to give in; submissive; compliant:
a timid, yielding man.
2. tending to give way, especially under pressure; flexible; supple; pliable:
a yielding mattress.
3. (of a crop, soil, etc.) producing a yield; productive.
Crop yields are important! But is compliance or giving in, a feeling of yielding, something I am comfortable with? What about yielding to love or to grief or to joy?
I am yielding to my family
to no more contact
though I think they see me
as stubborn angry argumentative
they do not love me as I am
they want a different person
who acceeds and yields to their ideals
I am the villain who won’t yield
and yet I yield
I send them love
I send them joy and peace
one said if you make me choose
I won’t choose you
pressure, sorrow, grief
acceptance: I will miss them
I do not know if they
I took the photograph at the Women’s March in Port Townsend. When should we yield? When should we fight? When should we reach out for mutual understanding?