Pretending Isn’t Working

African elephant Valerie via Compfight


I can’t keep this under wraps.
Or talk like you’re not in the room.
This pretending is ridiculous.
But I’m scared, which makes me do stupid things.
So I pretend not to notice.
Make with the nice nice.
And keep going.

When people ask
The subject is changed faster than a baby’s diaper.
Which only makes the deception that much harder
To maintain.
And makes my face hurt
From all this smiling.



[Poem #152]

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