the poetry knook, the poetry of stephen m. james

Should I fake my joy?

should I fake my joy for
I don’t want to hurt
others when they come around for
it’s my birthday, and I’m supposed to
laugh and dance and
love, but it’s so hard to
fake with this hanging over my
head; they won’t like it if I

are they my friends?
for they try to cheer me up
and tell me how great I am.

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