Sep. 2, 2017

Pretender

I want you to know that I understand.
Life is more pleasant when we choose to pretend.
When we refuse to see the good and the bad;
When we don’t want to acknowledge some things are just sad!
I want you to know that I wish I could pretend.
I wish I could numb myself like some of my friends.
I wish I could say life is always so grand.
I want you to know that I do understand.
I want you to know that I may let you down.
I understand monsters and I understand clowns.
I realize that life is not all good or all bad.
There is a part of me that is genuinely mad.
I want you to know that you can walk away
Anytime you don’t want to hear what I say.
But, there is just one thing that I will ask of you.
Please don’t ask me to pretend.
It’s not what I do.

By Roni Archer - September 1, 2017