October 27 2018: Some rando dude at Target Without a second thought to whatever it might mean... Innocently(?) launches a simple rando kindness - at crazy frickin me.
“You are so beautiful” Quickly devolves in my mind into “You check the locks each night, don’t you?” You are 42! There is no earthly way Sincerity could be at play; Clearly there has been a mistake For goodness’ sake.. Doesn’t he see the tired eyes; Weariness not disguised? Or in tow the five year old Rejecting every wisdom ever sold?
(Or secretly; hopefully..) Did he magically see past the caul - Does my unbroken spirit continue to shine through it all?
Or maybe I should fall back on simplicity? Is that so witty? Is it possible that despite age and worldliness I might still be kind of pretty?
What does it say about this world That my gut reaction is to suspect And reject An unexpected kindness hurled?