Passing Conversation

It is amazing what people carry with them
You look at them and never know the weight they hold

Unseen burdens
hidden by smiles,
in the lines on their faces,
in the way they pause before answering
“How are you?”

Silenced but exposed
by the falter in their voices
and the way that they blink
when you ask, “How are you?”

They never say
“Divorced”
They never say
Orphaned
They never say
“Unsure”
And they sure as hell never say
“Honest”.

They brush it off
and divert to you
and you do the same

but what if you didn’t?
What if you let the parts of your face that have been carved away speak?
What if you let your heart talk?
And those dark places?
Would a shadow be cast on the earth?
And so what?
Would it start to rain?
Would it stop?
And so what?

If the truth is the truth then let it be true.

How are you today?
Honest.
How are you today?
Human.
How are you today?
I’m alive.

EJZ 04.08.2015

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