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What do you say?  What do you do?

When someone questions - ‘How are you?’

Do you tell the truth or lie,

or do you simply ask them - ‘Why?’


When people ask you how you are,

they push the verbal door ajar.

But most will not invite you in,

so explanations can’t begin.


I feel this question, when it’s said

is meaning something else instead.

It doesn’t mean they want to know

or want to see your feelings show.


If your life’s so miserable,

you’d like to be invisible.

If you have troubles or you’re vexed,

what reply would be your next?


Would you explain your handicap,

or simply state that you feel crap?

Do you shrug and say - ‘So- so!’

or tell them - ‘You don’t want to know!’


Would you say - ‘It’s a long story’

or perhaps - ‘It’s far too gory.’

Would you rake through all the muck,

or simply say your life is ‘Yuck’.


I don’t want to burden folk,

so I might smile or tell a joke.

With any illness I’ll sideline

and retort that - ‘I’m just fine!’


I like my answers short and sweet,

so I  try to keep them all upbeat.

Then when answering I’ll say -

‘I think on balance I’m – okay!’


















 


 



























   















































(10.08.2010)




Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.

12.06.2013






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