Unfinished sympathy


The old man's unnecessary rudeness upset me quite a bit
For a minute
Or two

I froze and thought
What the hell have I done wrong now?

You can't win with some people
Because with some people,
one's slightest effort to initiate communication
is interpreted as one's needy attempt for reassurance
or plain hypocrisy
Hence, it's doomed to fail

Chitchats and small talk
Little words like "good morning" and "thank you"
that make life slightly more bearable
show weakness
They don't matter

Whoever came up with the expression:
"Treat 'em mean, keep 'em keen"
had a point
whatever the context

I'm not in the mood to save the world today
I much prefer saving myself from the world
And that's that…



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