“A TIRED POSER”

Hello, stranger

I love your smile

like you do my poetry

but why look so troubled?

 

I was just expressing my vile

instead of staying in denial

but you disagree

You want a better version of me

 

“We know people lie.

They hurt and make us cry,”

you say as we sit down for a while.

“I know you’re angry.

You almost scare me.”

 

“Then what do you want?”

I ask

with an eyebrow raised.

 

“Bring your joy next time around.

I know you can.

If you may, fake one,”

is all his next statement.

 

How do I tell him

that I’m done pretending

I’m always happy

like they always want me to be?

 

Dear stranger,

you’re looking at a tired poser

I know you mean well,

but your request feels like a torture

 

As usual,

I always know what they want

With a smile,

I give him another same lie:

 

“I’ll try.”

 

R.

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