Lonely


He dragged a smile
out of me
because he wouldn’t
stop smiling

He yanked a few words
from my reluctant lips
because he wouldn’t
stay silent

Please let me be
I wanted to snap
I want to enjoy the solitude
not grapple with your
unwanted presence

But I laughed, grudgingly
and talked, gritting my teeth
until he got up to go

I wanted to be alone
but now, I was lonely

© 2016 Uma Venkatraman ~ All Rights Reserved

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