lets talk

I wish

I could be quiet like all of you

wear everything on the inside,

grave and glum, silent

pasting on that garish mask of a smile

baring teeth,

“I’m fine.”

instead, I

screamclawkickcrywailpout

and talk and talk and talk

expecting everyone to do the same.

met with this cold silence, this

awkward

impasse of what is appropriate.

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