Cursing and Crying

“Cursing and Crying”

–Amy Engle


National Poetry Writing Month 2018 Poem #6


You ask me how I am and I know

That you’re just trying to be polite.

But I can’t answer that honestly


So I’ll put on a fake smile as I swallow

Down the tears and inappropriate

Words as I LIE and say that I’m FINE.

If you know me well enough to see

Through my ugly, hideous charade,

Feel free to PUSH the matter further

And ask me how I REALLY AM, but

Only if you’re okay hearing me rant

For the next ten minutes about how

Just NOT FINE that I really am now.