you see, everyone knows
that people smile.
and talk –
pleasantries, business, the weather, assignments, a joke and that comment.
The one that hits you after –
like tequila in the afternoon
a splitting headache once it sets in
It leaves you dazed, and numb,
but every nerve is on fire and
in your head
and a burning desire to be defiant
to not be everything these smiling people say you are