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If I don’t feel
It’s hard for me to show.
If I don’t think
It’s hard for me to say.

If I feel
I want to show.
As long as you are open
I will show.

If I think
I want to say.
As long as you are open
I will say.

If you don’t feel
You don’t feel.
If you don’t think
You don’t think.

If you feel
You don’t have to show.
Just be open
I will show.

If you think
You don’t have to say.
Just be open
I will say.

You don’t
I don’t know
Do you

© Kate Eunah Lee, 12/17/2017

Author’s note: Imagine adjectives/nouns after “feel” and “think.” Insert whatever you wish, whatever is relevant to you. I kept it ambiguous. Overall, this is a scenario in which the speaker is open and willing to share, but the other person is not. In fact, there is absolutely nothing in this poem that gives any indication into whether the other person feels/thinks the same as the speaker or does not. Even more frustrating is the insinuation that the other person is not even open to receiving or hearing the speaker’s emotions and thoughts. The last stanza is especially frustrating; the grammar is all chopped up, the ideas seem to cut off mid-thought, and it ends on a phrase providing no resolution, “Do you,” with no punctuation whatsoever. It is written intentionally ambiguous, intentionally frustrating… to make the reader feel an inkling of frustration that really presents in a situation like this.

I hope you enjoyed reading!


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