February 1, 2013

The art of fending off angry people

An angry woman sent
all her rage to me today
which turned my limbs
into liquid and made me
imagine the worst

like the girl on the screen
that you yell at
because didn’t she know
it would end this way

that girl would be me
and my son wouldn’t know me


I suddenly remember
that smiling tricks
your cells into believing
all is well

so I try it
I dance in the shower
belting out ballads
wringing the nerves
from my throat

I fake it until my feet
look familiar
and I actually feel
like sending
some love
her way.

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