Asper Reynolds

Small Talk

'So, how are you doing? ' You ask with a smile.
Inwardly I cringe, For some reason that question always makes me feel like I'm on trial.
I don't think you really want to know,
That this thin smile I muster is just for show.
I can't talk about the weight on my shoulders
This constant crushing weight like a boulder.
You don't want to hear about my lack of sleep,
The nagging anxiety and worries I keep.
I don't want you to see how imperfect I am,
Or how nothing ever seems to work out like I plan.

' I'm okay. ' Comes my automatic reply.
'Just okay? ' You press, and I try not to sigh.

Today was okay, at least in my eyes,
Not once today did I want to die.
I ate all three meals and got up and about
I played with my dog and I even went out.

I want to say that sometimes okay is a win
Okay can be great in the world I live in
But instead I just shrug and you awkwardly turn to go
I don't blame you, there's too much that you never can know.

Topic(s) of this poem: anxiety, depression, survival

Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Poem Edited: Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Comments about Small Talk by Asper Reynolds

  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/22/2017 9:44:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem with an appropriate caption. I was feeling sad myself while going through the poem. This is poet's success, that the reader can relate herself/himself to the poem while reading.
    'Today was okay, at least in my eyes,
    Not once today did I want to die.
    I ate all three meals and got up and about
    I played with my dog and I even went out.' - Poignant thoughts that touched me.
    'I don't blame you, there's too much that you never can know.' - This single line is very eloquent.
    The graphic at the end is appealing.

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  • Dev AnandDev Anand (8/11/2017 3:52:00 PM)

    I want to say that sometimes okay is a win
    Okay can be great in the world I live in

    nice poem. thank you dear poetess. dev

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  • Saadat TahirSaadat Tahir (8/11/2017 3:12:00 PM)

    I don't think you really want to know,
    That this thin smile I muster is just for show.

    these lines and the stretched hand...make a strong representation of a dilemma...
    nice deep poem

    liked

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  • Jazib KamalviJazib Kamalvi (8/11/2017 1:45:00 PM)

    A great start with a nice poem, Asper. You may like to read my poem, Love and Lust. Thanks

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (8/10/2017 12:54:00 AM)

    I can't talk about the weight on my shoulders
    This constant crushing weight like a boulder.
    nagging anxiety
    I just shrug and you awkwardly turn to go
    I don't blame you
    Just how are you and your meditations on how are you are revealing
    Of human contact and character and social behaviour. You are absolutely right in your thinking dear poetess. how very often we want to talk about our sorrows, difficulties and pains.
    Is there anyone to listen to us? Very revealing poem simply written and very effective.m Tony

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (8/10/2017 12:48:00 AM)

    sometimes okay is a win, good write.

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    A ReynoldsA Reynolds(8/10/2017 12:53:00 AM)

    Thank you.

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